Some movies are content to announce their release dates with a dry press releases loaded down with the usual corporate spiel. Not so director Ava DuVernay (Selma) and the cast and crew busy making A Wrinkle In Time for Walt Disney Pictures. They have gone ahead and used the medium of the Mannequin Challenge to confirm an April 2018 release slot for the movie.
Using the current social media craze to make an announcement certainly feels in keeping with Wrinkle In Time, which has an eclectic cast and source material that plays with space and time. A Wrinkle In Time has Jennifer Lee (Frozen) adapting Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 children's tale, the start of her Time Quartet series of novels. The story follows the Murry family – especially teenager Meg (Storm Reid) and her genius 5-year-old brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), 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) – who tells their mother that "There is such a thing as a tesseract" – 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.
The likes of Oprah Winfrey (Selma), Mindy Kaling (The Office), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) help fill out the cast. In the US, at least, we now know that the movie will be out on 6 April 2018, and we would expect the UK release to be either day and date or certainly close to it.