Coming off the success of Black Panther from the folks over at Marvel Studios, Disney is gearing up for its next big release, A Wrinkle in Time. The first theatrical adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 novel was helmed by Selma director Ava DuVernay, and it's clear from the trailers that DuVernay's vision of A Wrinkle in Time is something visually spectacular. While the average moviegoer still has another week to go before they can check out A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay recently stopped by her hometown of Compton to hold the first public screening for the movie, as you'll see in the video below.
While early movie screenings are typically held at a traditional movie theater, but since there aren't any around in Compton, Ava DuVernay and Disney were able to set up the special A Wrinkle in Time screening at a community center. While I don't have an exact seat count, it looks like a lot more people were able to watch the movie then if this had been held at a traditional cinematic setting. And thankfully, as DuVernay noted in her Twitter post, both the picture and sound quality came out top notch, and judging by the audience reaction, it's safe to say this was a successful event.
A Wrinkle in Time has already held early screenings for the press, celebrities and other lucky individuals, but it was particularly cool that Ava DuVernay decided to hold this special screening in Compton, and Disney was willing to oblige. Now that DuVernay is a successfully Hollywood director, she can use her status to help give back to her community, which is undoubtedly appreciated since it sounds like many of the people in that auditorium might not have been able to see A Wrinkle in Time had that screening not been held. This is also reminds me of the numerous Black Panther screenings that have been organized over the last few weeks for underprivileged youth, which included one put together by T'Challa himself, Chadwick Boseman.
Like the original book, A Wrinkle in Time follows a young girl named Meg Murry who goes on a journey with her younger brother and new friend to rescue her father from imprisonment on a far-off planet, along the way being aided by the three immortal women know as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who. The main cast consists of Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis and Michael Peña.
A Wrinkle in Time opens in theaters on March 9. For those wanting to plan the rest of their moviegoing calendar accordingly, you can find out what's coming our later this year by browsing through our 2018 release schedule.