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Misty Copeland to Appear in New Disney Film Inspired by The Nutcracker

The ballet dancer will hit the big screen.

Misty Copeland will appear on-screen in the upcoming film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
(© David Gordon)

Noted ballet dancer Misty Copeland will appear in an upcoming Disney film of E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, according to Variety. Copeland will be a lead ballerina in the film's dance sequence.

Inspired by Hoffman's classic story of the same title, the film tells the story of a young girl whose Nutcracker doll comes to life, along with an evil mouse king. With a script by Ashleigh Powell, it will be directed by Lasse Hallström.

Copeland became the first African-American woman to become a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre last year. She appeared on Broadway in On the Town in 2015.