After much anticipation, Disney has dropped its first trailer for the Ava DuVernay-directed live-action remake of the classic book, A Wrinkle in Time—and it’s better than you could have ever imagined. Diverse, bold, fantastical, imaginative, and basically everything we pictured Madeline L’Engle’s 1963 classic story to be, this might now be our most-anticipated movie of 2018.
Let’s start with the casting. During this weekend’s D23 Expo, DuVernay told the audience that she wanted a film “that looked like you.” Meaning, a film that isn’t exclusively white and filled with Hollywood bombshells. Although the cast is made up of some incredible heavy hitters, all shapes, sizes, and colors are represented. Pretty rare for Hollywood, but great to see. Storm Reid (12 Years A Slave) nabbed the lead role of Meg Murry, the young girl who sets out with her little brother Charles Wallace and her schoolmate, Calvin O’Keefe (Levi Miller), to rescue her father and save the world from an evil darkness. The three witches the trio meet soon after their trouble begins are played by Oprah Winfrey (Mrs. Which), Mindy Kaling (Mrs. Who) and Reese Witherspoon (Mrs. Whatsit), while Dr. Alex Murray is played by Chris Pine in some serious middle-aged-man makeup. Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Dr. Kate Murray and Zach Galifianakis takes on the Happy Medium.
Visually, the trailer is striking. Leaving aside the witches’ incredible costumes, Disney and DuVernay have done a great job creating a great juxtaposition between the humdrum “real” world our heroes come from and the fantastical worlds they visit via the tesseract (or “tessering”), a method of “wrinkling” time and space that allows them to jump from place to place. Bright oranges, deep and lush blues and purples, and vibrant greens color the richly-detailed worlds they visit. And, although the trailer only clocks in at about a minute and a half, the few glimpses we get of these other places make us hungry for more.
Sadly, it’s going to be almost year until we get to see the full thing. A Wrinkle In Time is set to come out on March 9, 2018, but there will surely be more teasers and trailers to tide us over until then. Which is perfect, because maybe we’ll be able to get our Mrs. Which cosplay down pat for opening day.
Check out the full trailer below.