Ava DuVernay has made it her mission to lead the way towards a more inclusive Hollywood.  She recently hired an all-female directorial team for the OWN drama series Queen Sugar, and is taking action towards hiring a diverse cast and crew for the upcoming adaptation of the 1963 Madeleine L’Engle fantasy classic novel, A Wrinkle in Time.

A casting call was held in New Orleans for the film adaptation on May 11th with the below character descriptions that describe all of the characters with diverse racial backgrounds:

A 14-year-old mixed-race girl of African-American and Caucasian descent. “This girl is questioning her life, her place in the world and her family. While troubled, she possesses untapped strength and intelligence which carries her through her search for truth.”

A 5-year-old mixed-race boy of African-American and Caucasian descent. “This boy is EXTREMELY intelligent and articulate. He is strong and loving and hypersensitive.”

A 16-year-old boy who is an ethnic minority. “He is a handsome, fit, caring young man who becomes a friend to the above two kids.”

In a 2003 made-for-TV adaptation of the book that was directed by John Kent Harrison and distributed by Disney, all three were portrayed by white actors.

A Wrinkle In Time revolves around a young girl whose government scientist father has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a ‘tesseract,’ which involves being transported to a fifth dimension with mysterious inhabited planets. She takes part in a search for her father and sees some incredible creatures along the way.

The script was penned by Oscar-winning Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee, and production is slated to begin this fall.  We look forward to the evolution of DuVernay’s interpretation of this adaptation!

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