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The upcoming live-action Disney movie The Nutcracker And The Four Realms has welcomed its first cast member – legendary ballerina Misty Copeland. Her appearance in the movie will mark her first involvement in narrative cinema, having already featured on television reality shows, as well as a documentary about her own early career, A Ballerina’s Tale.
The film will be helmed by Academy Award nominee Lasse Hallstrom (Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, The Shipping News, Chocolat), armed with a script by Ashleigh Powell, who makes her screenwriting debut here. With Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy) producing the project, it is notable that the first casting choice is a strong one – recognizing that Misty Copeland is a world-renowned, award winning talent. It also indicates the tone that Hallstrom will be striving for – evidently mixing his own visual flair with the rich musical history of the tale.
While The Nutcracker is best known as a two-act ballet, »
- Sarah Myles
Copeland became the first black woman to be promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre last year at the age of 33. She co-wrote her memoir “Life In Motion” with author Charisse Jones, which made the New York Times bestseller list after being published in early 2014.
The film will focus on Copeland during her teenage years. She began training in ballet at age 13 while living in a welfare motel with her mother and siblings.
She spoke at Variety‘s Power of Women event New York in April about the lack of diversity in the world of ballet.
- Dave McNary
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