Misty Copeland, the first African American female principal dancer in the 75-year history of the American Ballet Theater, revealed that she has been cast as the lead in Disney’s live action adaptation of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The screen play adapted by Ashleigh Powell will be directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat), and as of right now, Copeland is the only cast member who has been announced.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing project with Disney and the wonderful Lasse Hallstrom” – Misty Copeland
The film will be based on the classic holiday tale about a young girl whose Nutcracker comes to life on Christmas Eve to defeat the Evil Mouse King with seven heads, and whisks her away to the Land of Sweets.
Mark Gordon will be producing alongside Lindy Goldstein who will serve as executive producer..
In addition to this project, Gregory Allen (Remember the Titans) will be adapting a book based on her life titled, Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. New Line has acquired the bestselling book, and the film, will chronicle her groundbreaking journey to reach unprecedented heights. Earlier this year, Copeland was honored at the Variety Power of Women luncheon in New York City (alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Megyn Kelly, Julianne Moore and Vera Wang) for her work with Project Plié, an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and Boys and Girls Club partnership initiative designed to increase racial and ethnic representation in American ballet. Misty’s meteoric rise as the first African American principal dancer in American Ballet Theater history was heralded by Time magazine in 2015, labeling Misty Copeland as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.