Misty Copeland Memoir to Become Biopic

Under Armor announced Thursday the addition of American Ballet Theatre® soloist Misty Copeland to its elite talent roster.

“They may be poor, like I have been; insecure, like I have been; misunderstood, like I have been. I will be dancing for them, too. Especially for them. This is for the little brown girls.” – Misty Copeland, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

Misty Copeland has caught the attention of America with her elegant and graceful talent in the art of dance.  As the second African-American female soloist to dance with the American Ballet Theatre, her story is one of pure inspiration and admiration as she defied major odds.

Based on her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, released earlier this year, New Line Cinema has optioned the rights to transform the bestselling book into a film based on the scope of Copelands’s life from entering the world as a dancer when she was 13 and gaining accolades through the current day, according to Indiewire.

The biopic will be produced by Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, Phil Sandhaus with executive producer of Dear White People, Stephanie Allain and Lenore Kletter serving as writers. There has been no word on who will take on the director’s role, but wouldn’t it be a beautiful thing to see a Black female direct this historical story?

While we wait on a director, casting will be an interesting task as it seems that’s where a lot of the controversy stirs when a biopic is in the works. So, here is our list of potentials for the lead role of Misty Copeland:


Zoe Saldana…sure she’s received major backlash for being cast to portray Nina Simone, but that should not negate her talent as an actress and dancer’s background. If you need further convincing check out the film Center Stage.

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