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.”
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.