June 23, 2018, 10:37 am
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Fil-Am child actor featured in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Filipino-American child actor Deric McCabe plays one of the lead characters in Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” alongside Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine.

McCabe plays Charles Wallace Murry, a precocious child who’s wise beyond his years. Born in Whitefish, Mont. and raised in Los Angeles, Deric is a 4th grade student who enjoys choreographing his own dance routines, practicing Taekwondo—as a blue belt—and playing video games.

Director Ava DuVernay narrates how they discovered Deric. “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.”
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