There is such a thing as a tesseract, and it warps the fabric of spacetime in the trailer for the highly anticipated film version of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic sci-fi novel A Wrinkle in Time, which just premiered at Disney’s D23 Expo.
For the fifth-grader version of me who first traveled through time via this book, there couldn’t have been anything more exhilarating or terrifying than being transported through some sort of wormhole to strange galaxies and alien planets ranging from Uriel’s realm of benevolent centaurs to the mind-control hell of Camazotz. Or gazing into a crystal ball and seeing an impenetrable cloud called the Black Thing casting its shadow over a doomed Earth. Or defeating a disembodied brain that has an entire population of human minds in its thrall.
Visionary director Ava DuVernay has finally brought L’Engle’s dystopian vision to the big screen through a series of supernatural events that will make you feel like you’ve travelled 91 billion light-years in a matter of seconds. Think epic explosions, phenomena you only thought could exist in a rejected theoretical physics paper, and the creepiest Stepford Wives-esque scene where every kid in suburbia bounces a basketball with the exact same rhythm and every mother calling dinnertime is an automaton with lipstick.
The pages that once conjured fantastical images for my 10-year-old imagination have now been electrified to life as Meg “Megatron” Murry (Storm Reid) navigates a strange and often dangerous fifth dimension in search of the physicist father who has somehow vanished into its dark recesses.
Also starring Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Zach Galifianakis, it delves into the harrowing extra-dimensional adventures of Meg, her classmate Cal and brother Charles Wallace. Guided by a trio of peculiar beings who appear seemingly out of nowhere and “wrinkle time” to spirit them through space and time, they venture on a scientifically impossible quest to rescue Dr. Murry from the clutches of Camazotz before his mind—and theirs—are hijacked telepathically and swallowed by the encroaching darkness.
Now I want to plunge through a wrinkle in spacetime to get to August 18 of next year, when A Wrinkle in Time materializes in theaters, but that sort of thing hasn’t made it past science fiction or exotic theories. Yet.