The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Nzingha Stewart is set to direct New Line’s Misty Copeland biopic Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.
The film is set to chronicle Copeland’s rise from her poor and intense beginnings, as she only began ballet at the late age of thirteen and found herself in the middle of a custodial struggle between her mother and the ballet teachers who were her legal guardians at the time, and has gone on to become a crossover star that has written books, appeared in films and commercials, as well as become a speaker. There’s also the fact that Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.
Nzingha Stewart, whose directing credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and A Million Little Things, released a statement saying:
As an African-American woman, I know firsthand that when Misty Copeland leaps, we all soar. As a filmmaker, I am thrilled to bring this hopeful, triumphant and cinematic story to the big screen.
Nzingha Stewart will be making her directorial feature debut with Tall Girl at Netflix, which is currently shooting. The film is based on the bestselling book of the same name that was published in early 2014. Offspring Entertainment’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce with Philip Sandhaus. While known for writing for Remember The Titans and Ali, Deadline point out that Gregory Allen Howard is a life-long dance aficionado who has over the years watched some of the great ballet companies.
This is the first bit of news I’ve heard about the project since it was reported way back in May 2016 that New Line acquired the rights for the book, but now attaching Stewart to the project, I wouldn’t be surprised if we start hearing some casting news towards the end of the summer this year.