Under Armour athlete and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland is coming to a big screen near you. According to Deadline, film production company New Line acquired the rights to Copeland’s best-selling memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.”
Copeland has become a household name in the past few years after rising to fame in ABT’s “Firebird” production and also becoming the face of “I Will What I Want,” the Under Armour viral campaign that launched in summer 2014. She’s a favorite of the fashion set and recently announced a new Barbie that looked like her.
As the face of Under Armour’s women’s collection, Copeland told FN in a recent interview she saw the collaboration as an effort to help raise the profile of dancers everywhere. “I think that the dance world is benefiting from having a platform that is so visible and really just showing what we’ve always known: that we’re these strong and credible artists,” said Copeland. “It’s empowering young girls [and teaching] them that it’s OK to be a woman and girl and be a strong athlete and show your muscles and not hide behind that.”
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Copeland’s personal story is one of big triumphs and personal setbacks. Copeland started practicing ballet at age 13, quite late for dancers. She rose quickly through the ranks and became a dancer with ABT in 2001. Last fall, she was named a principal dancer for the company. Copeland has used her platform as a dancer to talk about personal triumphs, including overcoming a potentially career-ending injury, and also overcoming racism in the ballet world.
Deadline reported that “Remember the Titans” writer Gregory Allen Howard has been hired to help adapt the book for a film.