Anyway, when I was talking about it last year, I had a hard time trying to pick who should play the three lead characters because they are ages 5-14 and most of my go-to child actors are no longer children. In the past week or so, I've had the opportunity to see a few young actresses of approximately the right age who could possibly do an admirable job.
Last week I (finally) saw the 2011 film adaptation of Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. I thought it was excellent (although maybe it let Rochester off the hook more than it should have, but I didn't really mind), and I was completely blown away by Amelia Clarkson (age 14 according to her IMDB profile), the actress who played the young Jane. Her intensity as she called down the wrath of the deceased upon her duplicitous aunt was spellbinding.
This morning I was watching last night's episode of my favorite new show, Once Upon a Time. The episode involved a storyline featuring a young Snow White and the 12-year-old actress they cast, Bailee Madison, looked, sounded and acted EXACTLY like the actress who plays the older Snow White. It was uncanny. I wondered if they might have been related, but it would seem not.
Both of these young actresses impressed me; I hope to see more of each of them in the future, and I would be interested to see either of them play the part of Meg. Bailee Madison is probably a little bit closer to the correct age, but if it were up to me, I would lean towards Amelia Clarkson, just because she's a little less cute/pretty and Meg's insecurity about her looks is so important to her character. Plus, I already know that she (young Ms. Clarkson) can do sullen. On the other hand, while Meg is very sullen, she is also very earnest, and Bailee Madison clearly has earnestness down cold.
Interestingly, Bailee Madison was in Bridge to Terebithia, which was produced by the same guy who's supposedly producing A Wrinkle in Time and written by the screenwriter attached to write A Wrinkle in Time. In other words, perhaps she knows the right people? I don't know.
I suppose it's all a bit premature; there's no indication of a director attached to the project and, for all we know, it may never happen. It's just fun to think about, though.