Misty Copeland’s life story is coming to the big screen courtesy of New Line Cinema’s optioning of Misty’s “Life in Motion” book. Misty’s life wasn’t exactly a bowl of cherries. She grew up often times living in a welfare motel with her mother and siblings, and didn’t start ballet lessons until she was a pre-teen.
Misty also went through a rough patch with her biological mother, and the woman who took her under her wings, which I’m sure will turn the movie into a “Blind Side” type scenario.
But even through all of the odds in her life, Misty was able to become the only the second African-American female soloist to dance with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.
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.