I'm obsessed with the cast of 'A Wrinkle In Time' and you should be too

I'm obsessed with the cast of 'A Wrinkle In Time' and you should be too
The cast of Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ is too cool for words.

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Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time is one of the most highly-anticipated films of 2018, and with good reason.

The film, based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel, landed a star-studded cast of cool as hell people — from seasoned professionals like IRL BFF’s Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon, to budding young talents like Rowan Blanchard, Levi Miller, and Storm Reid.

With such a diverse range of actors and actresses and a clear commitment to representation, A Wrinkle In Time is already expected to inspire audiences of all ages. But the extraordinarily talented and impactful cast members are worth getting to know beyond the characters they’ll be portraying in the film.

Here’s how to properly obsess over the Wrinkle In Time stars and follow their other major works.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays Dr. Kate Murry in Disney's "A Wrinkle In Time."

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays Dr. Kate Murry in Disney’s “A Wrinkle In Time.”

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We could all use more Gugu Mbatha-Raw in our lives. The English actress will take on the role of Dr. Kate Murry, a brilliant microbiologist who’s married to Dr. Alex Murry. Kate is also mother to Meg Murry (Storm Reid) and Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe,) two main characters in the film.

How to obsess: Gugu’s been on beloved television shows like Doctor Who and Easy, but is well-known for her roles in the 2014 film Beyond the Lights, Beauty and the Beast, and the romantic dramedy, Irreplaceable You. To get a sense of Gugu’s range as an actress be sure to check her out in the British period drama Belle, and one of the most beloved episodes of Black Mirror, San Junipero.”

Chris Pine

Chris Pine lookin' fine at the 'Wrinkle in Time' premiere.

Chris Pine lookin’ fine at the ‘Wrinkle in Time’ premiere.

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An underrated Chris living in the shadows of Evans, Hemsworth, and Pratt finally gets his time to shine as Dr. Alex Murry, a scientist who discovers a new form of space travel and suddenly goes missing. Pine plays father to Meg and Charles, which is exciting because who among us doesn’t love to see a Chris thrive in a dad role?

How to obsess: Pine is a man of many skills so to fully obsess you should experience a little bit of everything. For serious Pine check stand-out roles in Wonder Woman and Star Trek. (Noteworthy mention: Hell or High Water.) For funny Pine catch him in Horrible Bosses 2 or Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer. Hear him sing in Into the Woods, and if you’re in the mood for some quality trash guilty pleasures look no further than Just My Luck and Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

Rowan Blanchard

Rowan Blanchard being one of the world's impressive 16-year-olds.

Rowan Blanchard being one of the world’s impressive 16-year-olds.

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Rowan Blanchard is a superstar. She’s SIXTEEN and already using her emerging platform to empower young people and women around the world. Her career’s just getting started but we can’t wait to see her portray Veronica, Meg’s close friend, in the film — a role added by director Ava DuVernay.

How to obsess: To see Blanchard shine as an actress check out Disney’s Girl Meets World — the Boy Meets World spin-off that ran from 2014 to 2017 and was surprisingly deep for a show following the lives of middle-schoolers. 

The teen is also a prominent activist and one of the original 300 women to launch the Time’s Up initiative against sexual harassment. You can keep up with her philanthropic efforts via social media and watch her empowering speeches on feminism and gender inequality online, like this one she made at the U.S. National Committee for UN Women’s annual conference. For a more in-depth look at her life read her recently published book, Still Here.

Levi Miller

Levi Miller at the 'Wrinkle in Time'  world premiere.

Levi Miller at the ‘Wrinkle in Time’  world premiere.

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Miller’s another one of A Wrinkle In Time’s young stars. The 15-year-old Australian actor will be playing Calvin, a friend of Meg’s who help her look for her father.

How to obsess: Miller’s best known for his role as Peter Pan in the 2015 film Pan but more recently starred as Luke in 2016’s Better Watch Out, Mick in  Red Dog: True Blue, and Charlie Bucktin in the 2017 film Jasper Jones. 

Deric McCabe

The adorable Deric McCabe showing his 'A Wrinkle In Time' excitement.

The adorable Deric McCabe showing his ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ excitement.

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Um, hello? Just look at this photo. McCabe, who plays Meg’s younger brother Charles Wallace Murry, is the adorable, spunky kid we all need to watch right now.

How to obsess: Though McCabe is just kicking off his Hollywood career he’s played Moppet in the 2017 horror/fantasy film Stephanie and is set to star in the upcoming film Hold On.  

Storm Reid

Storm Reid who plays Meg in 'A Wrinkle In Time.'

Storm Reid who plays Meg in ‘A Wrinkle In Time.’

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Storm Reid, one of Hollywood’s coolest 14-year-olds, plays Wrinkle In Time protagonist Meg Murry. In the film she embarks on a magical journey to find her missing father, scientist Dr. Murry (AKA Chris Pine). 

How to obsess: While Reid might be known by younger fans for her appearance on Disney’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, she made her film debut in 2013 as Emily in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Reid recently had a cameo in the star-studded Jay-Z music video, Family Feud, directed by A Wrinkle In Time’s Ava DuVernay, and will also appear in the upcoming 2018 film Killing Winston Jones.

Reese Witherspoon

'A Wrinkle In Time' star Reese Witherspoon slaying as usual.

‘A Wrinkle In Time’ star Reese Witherspoon slaying as usual.

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Reese Witherspoon, one of America’s sweethearts and a star of 2018 as a whole, is rocking some red hair for her transformation into Mrs. Whatsit, one of the three fierce and stunning celestial beings that help the children on their journey to find Dr. Murry. 

How to obsess: Obsessing over Reese is NOT A DIFFICULT TASK at all, people. We of course start by watching her claim to fame, Legally Blonde. If we’re in the mood for some more early lighthearted rom-coms we then watch Sweet Home Alabama or Just Like Heaven. For serious Reese we check out her starring roles as June Carter in Walk the Line, and Cheryl in the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.

Then, it’s time to fall in love with her charming role as a single mom in Home Again and binge the award-winning Big Little Lies. If you’re not done obsessing with Reese (you’re not) you might consider following along with her book club and production company, Hello Sunshine, along with her lifestyle brand Draper James.

Mindy Kaling

'Wrinkle in Time' goddess Mindy Kaling.

‘Wrinkle in Time’ goddess Mindy Kaling.

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Mindy Kaling is the best friend everyone should aspire to have. She’s adorable, hilarious, and always keeps it real has hell. In her first major film role since giving birth to her first child, daughter Katherine, Mindy will portray Mrs. Who alongside her BFFs Reese and Oprah.

How to obsess: Kaling captured hearts as The Office’s spirited Kelly Kapoor and after writing for and performing in the beloved comedy for nine years she wrote, produced, and starred in her own comedy, The Mindy Project. She’s also written two hilarious books, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns,) and Why Not Me?

If you love animation and are looking to obsess solely over Mindy’s voice, she played Disgust in Disney’s Inside Out and also had a cameo with Storm Reid in Jay-Z’s Family Feud. She’s starring in the upcoming film Ocean’s Eight and has a new show, Champions, premiering on NBC March 8.

Oprah Winfrey

The queen herself, Oprah Winfrey.

The queen herself, Oprah Winfrey.

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The final of the three motherly figures in A Wrinkle In Time is Mrs. Which, played by the queen herself, Oprah Winfrey. Let’s just get to obsessing shall we?

How to obsess: It’s likely you’re already obsessing over Oprah because TBH who isn’t, but if not, we’ve got you covered. You can start by watching powerful episodes of her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran from 1986 to 2011. NBD. Check out the the popular Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah’s magazine, Oprah’s book club, or Oprah’s own books. The woman has something to offer everyone. And if you’re not familiar with her acting she’s starred in powerful films like The Color Purple, Beloved, and Selma.

BONUS: Ava DuVernay

The legendary and talented director, Ava DuVernay.

The legendary and talented director, Ava DuVernay.

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Ava DuVernay, director of A Wrinkle In Time, continues to make history as a black woman in the entertainment industry.

How to obsess:  DuVernay’s 2012 drama, Middle of Nowhere, won her the title of first black woman to win the U.S. Directing Award for Drama at the Sundance Film Festival. She’s also known for her work on Queen Sugar, Selma, 13th, and Jay-Z’s Family Feud.

A Wrinkle In Time hits theaters March 9.

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