Wow, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen Sordon, huh? Poor bastard.
There was a phase when I was a kid when A Wrinkle In Time was my very favorite book. It’s probably a big reason why I’ve never fallen into any serious sexist habits when picking my protagonists, despite all the male dominated superhero comics I read as a kid. The casting of this movie has boggled my mind a little bit, and it’s inspired me to pick the book back up for the first time in I don’t know how many years. I’d forgotten how very British it feels, even though writer Madeline L’Engle herself was American.
Anyhow, there was never a time when I considered Meg Murry, who was probably the very first fictional character on whom I had a crush, someone who would fit in quite well with my family, by which I mean we’re quite a hodgepodge of ethnicities…even though most of us self-identify as black. Like I said, the book feels very British to me, and that rarely screams BLACK, even though #Squirrel and I just recently finished watching Idris Elba’s Luther.
I’m really excited by this movie. I’m looking forward to seeing the kid that they cast to play Charles Wallace Murry, probably the film’s most important and difficult casting decision. He’s got to have the same precocious gravitas that Haly Joel Osment had in The Sixth Sense. It’ll be a VERY good thing to see a deeply intelligent and empathic little boy of color on the big screen. I’ve got nieces and nephews that will benefit greatly from seeing these kids on screen in a thoughtful but action-packed film.
You go, Ava DuVernay.