Gugu Mbatha Raw A Wrinkle in Time cast

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the newest actor to board Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time adaptation. The actress delivered great, emotional breakout performances in Belle and Beyond the Lights. Since those dramas hit theaters, we’ve seen Mbatha-Raw in ConcussionFree State of JonesThe Whole Truth, and a personal favorite of our own Angie Han, Jupiter Ascending. The actress is now set to play Mrs. Murry in DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle‘s classic fantasy novel.

Below, learn more about the A Wrinkle in Time cast.

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rey closeup lightsaber battle force awakens reshoots

Now that Star Wars: the Force Awakens is getting released on 3D Blu-ray, director JJ Abrams is being more open about the making of the film. Here we get two new clips from The Force Awakens audio commentary, both of which seem to suggest that reshooting Star Wars scenes might result in a better film (you hear that Rogue One cynics?).

In one of the clips, the writer/director reveals the two shots in the Rey/Kylo Ren lightsaber battle that were added after the fact — one of which was a suggestion of filmmaker Ava Duvernay (Selma) and the other is one of my favorite shots in the film. The second audio commentary clip features Abrams talking about how Rey and Finn’s relationship was dramatically changed after Harrison Ford’s on-set injury allowed him to go back and do Force Awakens reshoots.

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The 13th trailer

2014’s Selma launched Ava DuVernay to a whole new level of fame and acclaim, but the filmmaker hasn’t been content to rest on her laurels. For the past couple of years she’s kept mostly off the radar, plugging away at her next few projects. This fall, we finally get to see two of them come to fruition. One is the OWN drama Queen Sugar, which debuted earlier this month to high praise. The other is The 13th, a documentary about mass incarceration in the United States.

The title refers to the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery “except as a punishment for crime.” The film chronicles the path from the 13th Amendment to our modern-day criminal justice system. The 13th trailer opens with a shocking statistic — that nearly 1 out of 4 prisoners in the world are locked up in the U.S. — and promises a film that looks at how, exactly, we got here. Watch The 13th trailer below.  Read More »

Ava DuVernay’s ‘Wrinkle In Time’ Casts Its Lead

A Wrinkle In Time Meg Murry casting

After an extensive search, The Walt Disney Studios has announced that they have cast the lead role in director Ava DuVernay‘s live-action adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s science fantasy novel A Wrinkle In Time. Learn the details after the jump.

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Queen Sugar trailer

It’s been two years since Selma turned Ava DuVernay into one of the hottest, most in-demand filmmakers working today. But she hasn’t actually put out another movie since then. So what’s she been up to in the past couple of years? Well, among other things, putting together Queen Sugar, a new drama launching on Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN network this fall.

Based on the novel by Natalie Baszile, Queen Sugar chronicles the story of the three Bordelon siblings, Nova (Rutina Wesley of True Blood), Charlotte (Dawn Lyen-Gardner), and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe). The family is reunited when the patriarch dies, leaving behind an 800-acre sugar cane farm in Louisiana. Also starring are Tina Lifford and Omar J. Dorsey. The premise looks ripe for bittersweet drama, and the first Queen Sugar trailer certainly delivers on that front. Watch it below.   Read More »

why Ava DuVernay turned down Black Panther

Following the stunning success of Selma, Ava DuVernay found herself in high demand, getting courted for everything from Black Panther to A Wrinkle in Time even as she set up projects at OWN and HBO. But even DuVernay can only be in so many places at once, so this week she’s taking one item off her to-do list. DuVernay has exited DreamWorks’ Intelligent Life, a sci-fi project co-written by Colin Trevorrow which has Lupita Nyong’o attached to star.  Read More »

why Ava DuVernay turned down Black Panther

Ava DuVernay‘s to-do list just keeps getting longer — not that we’re complaining. Just a few weeks after we heard she’d signed on to direct Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay has been set for The Battle of Versailles, an HBO movie about a 1973 fashion show that pit French designers against American ones, and wound up changing the industry forever.  Read More »

why Ava DuVernay turned down Black Panther

For a brief spell in 2015, it looked like Ava DuVernay could join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She was looking for a follow-up to Selma, Marvel Studios was looking for a black director to make Black Panther, and the two sides sat down to see if they could work something out. Unfortunately, they couldn’t (the job eventually went to Creed‘s Ryan Coogler, another excellent choice), but now Disney’s found another way to bring her into the greater Mouse House family.

DuVernay has been set to direct the science fantasy adventure A Wrinkle in Time, based on Madeleine L’Engle‘s beloved 1963 novel. The project has a script by Jennifer Lee, the screenwriter and co-director of FrozenRead More »


With Selma, Ava DuVernay went from a Sundance darling to one of the busiest and most sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood. She flirted with and then turned down Marvel’s Black Panther, she made plans to reunite with Selma star David Oyelowo for a Hurricane Katrina drama, and she got to work developing the drama Queen Sugar for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

What she hasn’t done, however, is announced her next feature film. And as of now, a couple of different genre projects are vying to be it. DuVernay is reportedly being courted for both Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time and Amblin’s Intelligent Life. The former is an adaptation of the childhood classic by Madeleine L’Engle, and the latter is a sci-fi thriller scripted by Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly.

UPDATE: Lupita Nyong’o is reportedly in talks for Intelligent Life, and DuVernay should receive a formal offer in short order. More details below. Read More »

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Straight Outta Compton

F. Gary Gray‘s Straight Outta Compton has been getting great reviews from just about everyone, and now you can add Ava DuVernay to its growing list of admirers.

The Selma director is uniquely qualified to critique the film. Not only is she an accomplished filmmaker in her own right, and a tireless advocate of diversity in Hollywood, DuVernay actually grew up in Compton as the events depicted in Straight Outta Compton were unfolding. Read the Ava DuVernay Straight Outta Compton review after the jump.  Read More »