Witherspoon praises ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ for diversity

London, Feb 24 (IANS) Actress Reese Witherspoon has praised “A Wrinkle In Time” director Ava DuVernay for representing different kinds of women within her movie.

The 41-year-old actor stars as Mrs. Whatsit in the upcoming Disney movie based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

She says that the production will be important for young people everywhere as the diverse cast — which includes the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling — means everyone is equally represented.

When asked how important she thinks the movie will be, Witherspoon said: “I read the book as a little girl, and I really was excited when Ava explained her vision for the film.”

“She was like ‘I’m gonna deviate a lot. I want to have the house in Downtown L.A. I want the kids to be of all different ethnicities. I want kids to watch this movie and know that anything’s possible’.

“I get emotional, thinking how little kids going to the theatre will actually see a character and an actor that looks like them. That will make them think it’s possible. And also, they’ll see women who are heroes, who are all different sizes and all different races. Women are the heroes of a lot of kids’ lives, and to see that properly represented is way overdue and exciting.

“I think it’s exciting to have a director with that kind of vision, and to have Disney’s belief in her, to give her an incredible amount of creative control and free reign to create this magic,” she added.

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