Jennifer (Frozen) Lee has written the script, which draws on Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 tome. The story follows the Murry family – especially teenager Meg (Storm Reid) and her genius 5-year-old brother Charles Wallace, and Meg's classmate Calvin O'Keefe. Their scientist father has gone missing, but after the visit of a mysterious old lady called Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), they learn that their father's research may have been more successful than they guessed and that he may have travelled in space and time. The kids end up following his footsteps to a planet called Camazotz, ruled by a giant evil brain called The Black Thing.
Mbatha-Raw will play Dr. Murray, Meg's scientist mother. DuVernay confirmed her casting via Twitter.
"Don't hope it was a dream." Thrilled to confirm that Gugu Mbatha-Raw has joined #TeamWrinkle as Dr. Murry, Meg's mom + brilliant scientist. pic.twitter.com/13VNc6vsCe— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) October 20, 2016
She joins a cast that also already includes Oprah Winfrey (Selma) and Mindy Kaling (The Office). DuVernay is preparing to shoot the film. Mbatha-Raw is currently in an episode of the new Black Mirror season which launched on Netflix last month. Cinematically, she will be seen in science fiction thriller God Particle, landing on 24 February and is Plumette in Walt Disney Pictures' live action adaption Beauty And The Beast, which is out on 17 March.