'We're in the midst' of Hollywood change: Oprah, 'Wrinkle in Time' co-stars talk more diverse blockbusters

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The record-breaking success of Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther and what it means for studio tentpoles aimed at more diverse audiences has been well documented these past few weeks.

Following on its heels comes another groundbreaking Disney release: A Wrinkle in Time, Ava Duvernay’s adaptation of the beloved 1962 novel that becomes the first $100 million movie directed by an African-American woman. And like Panther, Wrinkle is projected to earn some serious green in theaters.

2018 is clearly shaping up to be a groundbreaking year at the box office, a fact that’s not lost on the film’s biggest stars.

“This is it, it’s all changing,” said Mindy Kaling (Mrs. Who), who pointed to last year’s sleeper hit (and Best Picture nominee) Get Out for helping change the face of what a modern-day movie smash looks like. “For a while, independent movies were the home to diverse talent. And now that’s not the case anymore. It’s really great.”

Oprah Winfrey (Mrs. Which) echoed that sentiment. “We’re in it, we’re in the midst of it, right now, we’re feeling it,” the media mogul and actress said.

Added Reese Witherspoon (Mrs. Whatsit), the third member of the “Mrs.” triumvirate: “It’s because of audiences. You vote for what kind of movie you want to see by taking your kids and spending your money,” she said. “By choosing [these films], you’re saying to the studios, ‘These are the movies I want to see.’ And I think that’s beautiful.”

A Wrinkle in Time opens March 9.

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