Misty Copeland To Star In Disney’s Nutcracker.
Misty Copeland has been on the come up for a while now. And the most visible Black ballerina is showing no signs of stopping.
Recently, the prima ballerina uploaded a picture of a script onto her Instagram account with the caption,
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing project with Disney and the wonderful Lasse Hallstrom. #TheNutcracker #MoreToCome.”
The studio announced that they would be releasing a live-action Nutcracker film back in March. Hallstrom is set to direct. The project, officially titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is based on the 1816 story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann. We all know it well. A young girl’s parents instruct her to take care of a Christmas Nutcracker doll. Eventually, the doll comes to life and defeats the evil Mouse (or Rat) King with seven heads.
According to CNN, Misty will appear as the lead ballerina in the film’s only dance scene.
We’re hoping that there’s more than one dance scene. But either way, this is a huge deal. Not to mention the fact that a movie theater ticket is far more accessible than a trip to see an actual ballet. We’re excited for little Black girls, to see a Black ballerina in this iconic role.