American ballet dancer Misty Copeland is joining Disney’s adaptation of The Nutcracker.  The thirty-three-year-old announced the news by posting a picture of the script on her instagram.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this amazing project with Disney and the wonderful Lasse Hallstrom,” she wrote.

The classic Christmas tale focuses on the story of a girl who’s nutcracker comes to life on Christmas Eve and fights an evil mouse king.  The story is renowned for incorporating Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music within the production.

Lasse Hallstrom is set to direct the live-action movie, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.  Screenwriter Ashleigh Powell based the script on E.T.A. Hoffman’s short story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”

In June 2015 Copeland made history as the first African American female to hold the position of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.  She’s a New York Times bestseller, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford for her contributions to classical ballet, has her own bio-pic in the works, and in 2014, President Obama appointed Copeland to the President’s Council on fitness, sports, and nutrition.  This is another tremendous accomplishment for the rising star.

Having a black woman star as the lead in any movie is an achievement, but it’s even more fulfilling when the role has continuously been played by a white woman.  We can’t wait to see what Copeland brings to the part and it’ll definitely be the perfect movie to see around the holiday season.



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