Icon, Legend, Producer, Writer, Actress—You Don’t Want to Miss Oprah in “A Wrinkle in Time”
Think about it—how many people have generated as much positive energy and change across the mainstream of our lives than Oprah Winfrey? Even when she decided to leave her award-winning talk show after 25 years to start OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, few people questioned her drive, perseverance and tenacity to continue to touch the lives of those around her on the small screen.
Through the years, the big screen has found its way to Oprah many times as well. Like back in 1985, when director Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple” garnered her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her portrayal of angry housewife Sofia. Her next stint on the big screen included both producing and acting roles when she took on Tony Morrison’s Pulitzer award-winning novel Beloved. Flash forward to 2013, when Oprah once again had a memorable performance on the screen, playing opposite Forest Whitaker as his wife Gloria in Lee Daniel’s “The Butler.” Then in 2014, flexing her producing muscles yet again, Oprah put her mark on “Selma,” the critically acclaimed masterpiece about Martin Luther King Jr. It’s as if this woman never stops for a minute in her pursuit of bringing stories of worth to the masses, whether it played on the big or small screen.
Oprah’s even lent her unmistakable voice to many animated features over the years, with her smooth sounding tones ending up in 2007’s “Bee Movie,” 2008’s “Charlotte’s Web” and Disney’s 2009 animated treasure “The Princess and the Frog.” Oprah headed back into the recording studio again this past holiday season when she played Deborah in Sony Pictures’ animated feature “The Star.”
Having just received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globes for her outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, this force of nature once again forged forward with an acceptance speech that ignited women everywhere to stand up for their rights and to be heard. With the same grace and distinction she has always conveyed, Oprah proved once again that her passion for righteousness, combined with her infectious energy, won’t be diminishing anytime soon.
So, what’s up next for this shooting star of positivity everywhere she goes? Oprah will soon be hitting the big screen again in Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel, A Wrinkle in Time. Written for the screen by Jennifer Lee (“Frozen”) and brought to life by director Ava DeVernay (“Selma”), Oprah stars opposite Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling as the extremely wise and enchanting Mrs. Which, who, along with her fellow celestial beings, will assist Meg (Storm Reid) in her intergalactic travels to find her physicist father, Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine).
This sci-fi fantasy adventure is being hailed as this generation’s “The Wizard of Oz” stemming from its breathtaking imagery and positive messages for both the young and the young at heart. Hitting theaters in St. Louis on March 9, you will want to clear your calendar so that you can schedule a night out with the family at a theater near you to catch Oprah, and the rest of the star-studded cast, in this most enchanting film.
Kathleen “Kathy” Kaiser is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and runs MatineeChat.com.