Hollywood Is Eying Ballerina Misty Copeland's Life Story

Misty Copeland overcame tremendous odds to land her position as a female soloist at the American Ballet Theatre (the first black woman in twenty years to do so), then recounted her story in a memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. Now Hollywood is working on a biopic.

Deadline reports that New Line Cinema has optioned the rights to Copeland's memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (a bestseller). The focus will be her early years:

The film will focus on Copeland from age 13 to late teens and filmmakers will be searching for a multi-talented young performer with dance training to play the prima ballerina. The project also has meaty roles for two actresses to play Copeland's mother and mentor.

This clip from PBS NewsHour offers more detail on her story and offers a preview. More importantly, it showcases her amazing dancing. Enjoy spending the remainder of your evening watching her YouTube clips:

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