Storm Reid, 14, covers the latest issue of Essence magazine with Ava Duvernay and Oprah Winfrey. Directed by DuVernay and starring Oprah Winfrey and newcomer Storm Reid, Disney’s highly-anticipated film A Wrinkle in Time is a huge milestone for the teen star.
“This is a huge milestone in my career, to be in a movie with Ava DuVernay directing and Miss Oprah being in it,” Reid said. “When I think about it, I don’t really know how to feel. There are so many emotions. But it’s just a great blessing that will forever change my life.”
Duvernay also hopes that the film will have an impact on other young girls.
“I so want Black women to love it and Black girls to love it. I want everybody to love it, but this is a love letter to us,” DuVernay said.
“This is me trying to make us in a way we haven’t been rendered in film before—as a firmly centered hero in a fantasy about other worlds and as the saviors of the whole universe. Looking at everything we think we’re not, and at the end of the movie we are all of everything.”
So what does Miss Winfrey have to say about the movie?
“I just watched The Wizard of Oz again last year with one of my godchildren who was seeing it for the first time, and the magic of that is exactly what Wrinkle is going to be for another generation,” Winfrey told ESSENCE in the February 2018 issue.