Filipino-American child actor Deric McCabe was chosen among hundreds of boys who auditioned for a role in the upcoming Disney movie A Wrinkle in Time.
After passing a worldwide search, he became one of the lead characters in the epic adventure, alongside Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine.
In A Wrinkle in Time (opening in Philippine cinemas March 14), McCabe plays Charles Wallace Murry, a precocious child who's wise beyond his years. Boasting a genius IQ, he is able to sense what others are feeling and holds a special bond with his sister, Meg (Storm Reid).
While on the search for his father with Meg and her classmate, Charles Wallace falls prey to the powers of the IT, the same evil presence which is holding his father prisoner.
“Charles Wallace is brilliant, but he is brilliant in a very 5-year-old way,” screenwriter Jennifer Lee was quoted as saying in a release provided by Disney.
“He sees the world and all the magic that’s in it and all the potential it holds, but he’s also a kid who isn’t afraid to speak his mind and who can sound a littlle arrogant for his age, which occasionally gets him into trouble. Still, there’s something special about him, and what makes him special also makes him vulnerable, like a lot of people in life.”
Director Ava DuVernay narrates that when they discovered Deric, they made some adjustments so he could fit in with the family.
“We did a worldwide search for Charles Wallace, you needed a boy who was six years old and could be a sweet boy at the top, and turn into the bad seed and evil at the end.
"All over the world, we had 19 local casting directors, all reporting to Aisha Coley, my main casting director. Any place where people spoke English we looked, and we ended up finding him in Burbank. He lived by the Ikea, three minutes from Disney.
"This kid came in, and he is something else. He really is a find. The fact that he was a Filipino-American boy, first Disney was like, how is this going to fit in? And I said, I really want him in the family, this is the boy. So let’s expand the boundaries even more and figure out how he could be in this family.
"And so we started to play with the idea of can we make this family not only interracial, but also a family with an adopted boy? It made it even more emotional when Meg says I will not leave my brother.
"Two different journalists today came up to me and said that they burst into tears there because they were adopted and to have someone fight for them in the family like they were blood, really was moving to them.”
Deric McCabe was born to his Filipina mom in Whitefish, Montana, and raised in Los Angeles.
He developed an interest in acting at just 7 years old. He is currently a 4th grade student who enjoys hobbies such as choreographing his own dance routines, practicing Taekwondo—as a blue belt—and playing video games.
Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s novel, A Wrinkle in Time is an epic adventure that takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light, good versus evil and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just wants to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is her younger brother, Charles Wallace, but Meg has yet to realize it for herself.
Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of her father (palyed by Chris Pine) four years ago, which has left Meg devastated and her mother heartbroken.
While friends and faculty at school urge her to move on, Meg knows he is still alive. Before he vanished, Mr. Murry was tracking events in the cosmos when he discovered tessering, a wrinkling of me and space through which intergalactic travel is possible, but it is still an unproven theory, and one the scientific community regards with much skepticism.
One night, Charles Wallace, Meg and a fellow classmate, Calvin (Levi Miller), meet three otherworldly visitors who have traveled to Earth with an important message for Meg: Her father’s discovery is, in fact, an extraordinary accomplishment, but a darkness has infiltrated the universe and he is now in grave danger.
Together, they set out in search of Mr. Murry with Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) as their guides.
They use tessering to travel to worlds beyond their imagination and confront the powerful, evil energy face-to-face. But in order to save her father, Meg must first overcome her own flaws and insecurities and harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness.