It was only a week ago when we reported that Sony pulled out of Michael PeÃ±a’s horror-thriller The Bringing, but some fresh news means that we shouldn’t feel too bad for the actor. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that PeÃ±a has just been added to the cast of Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time.
PeÃ±a has signed on for A Wrinkle In Time, which is expected to continue DuVernay’s hot streak. The Selma director followed up that Martin Luther King Jr. biopic with a hit TV series (Queen Sugar), a riveting documentary (13th), and hopes to add to her streak with A Wrinkle In Time. Based on the children’s book of the same by Madeline L’Engle, the sci-fi fantasy has the potential to be a bit of a mind-bending hit for Disney.
The central plot of A Wrinkle In Time finds two siblings reeling from the loss of their scientist father (Chris Pine), who somehow end up in another realm on a quest to find him. Along the way, they’re helped by fantastical, supernatural characters named Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey).
A Wrinkle In Time began filming this week and, as you can see, it’s got quite a cast. PeÃ±a is known for films like Ant-Man, End of Watch, Crash, and Fury.
I don’t know why, and I should preface this by saying that I’ve never read the book, but A Wrinkle In Time sounds like it could be something along the lines of What Dreams May Come with a hint of Labyrinth and Neverending Story children’s fantasy mixed in.
If you’ve read the book, feel free to tell me how wrong or how right I am about that.