Director Ava DuVerrnay thought she was casting leaders and icons when she roped in Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon for her upcoming film “A Wrinkle in Time”.

DuVerrnay believes the three stars were the “right” combination for the project, reports.

“I wasn’t just casting for actresses. I was casting for leaders, icons,” DuVerrnay told Time magazine.

“Reese is the hottest producer in town. Oprah’s the most prolific, venerable legend of television and an artist and entrepreneur. And Mindy’s one of the few women running a show with her name, about her.

“When I think about the three of them together as a unit of celestial beings, it feels right,” she added.