It looks like Ava DuVernay‘s already record-breaking Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time, is getting even more star studded with the potential additions of Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and comedienne Mindy Kaling (Inside Out), according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film has already cast Oprah Winfrey (Selma) in a lead role and DuVernay continues to prove that she is making waves for women filmmakers, actors, and the like after she has become the first woman of color to head a film with a budget of $100 million.
DuVernay will be directing the Disney production based on a script by Frozen writer Jennifer Lee. Based on the best-selling children’s novel by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time follows a young girl as she embarks on an interplanetary journey with her friend and younger brother as they search for her missing father, a scientist. Along the way, they are aided by three guiding women: Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who. Winfrey is playing Mrs. Which while Witherspoon is in negotiations for Mrs. Whatsit, a grandmotherly hobo, and Kaling is looking to play the enigmatic literature-quoting Mrs. Who.
This will be Witherspoon’s return to Disney after 2002’s Sweet Home Alabama and a sort of re-team for Kaling with her last film role being the voice of Disgust in last year’s Inside Out. Witherspoon will be in business with Disney again soon once the live-action Tinker Bell moves into production. Until then, she will be starring in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies with Nicole Kidman and will voice a character in Universal’s Sing. Kaling is now filming the fifth season of her series The Mindy Project for which she writes, produces, and stars. She is also attached to be a part of the 8 women leading the female Oceans Eleven reboot.
A Wrinkle in Time is now in pre-production and is looking to commence filming this November in Los Angeles.