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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ hopes to ride diversity trends to ‘Black Panther’-like success

“A Wrinkle in Time,” the next big-budget Disney blockbuster — this one directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay — heads to theaters this weekend amid a fervor for inclusion and representation in Hollywood.

The film, based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 science fantasy novel of the same name, follows 13-year-old Meg Murry through a time-and-space trotting journey to save her father.

The film’s diverse casting, which re-imagined L’Engle’s main characters as black or mixed-race, and the story’s uncommon focus on a heroine put “A Wrinkle in Time” squarely in today’s conversations around cultural representation and female empowerment.

In a lot of ways “A Wrinkle in Time” continues the charge that “Black Panther” ignited.

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