Misty Copeland joining Disney's live-action 'Nutcracker' movie

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Misty Copeland is joining Disney's Nutcracker movie.

The ballerina made the announcement on her Instagram, writing, "I'm thrilled to be a part of this amazing project with Disney and the wonderful Lasse Hallstrom."

Copeland will play the lead ballerina role in the sole dance sequence in film, titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which will mark the dancer's first big leap into narrative moviemaking.

Based on Peter Tchaikovsky's ballet and the accompanying story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Disney's live-action adaption will be directed by Hallstrom from a script written by Ashleigh Powell.

The Nutcracker follows Clara, a young girl who at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve finds herself thrust into a fantastical world, into the middle of a war between gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

Mark Gordon is producing the film, with Lindy Goldstein acting as executive producer. Sam Dickerman and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing the project for Disney, while Sara Smith is overseeing for The Mark Gordon Company.

Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer with American Ballet Theater. She was the subject of the 2015 documentary A Ballerina's Tale, and her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, about her time as a young ballet prodigy was acquired by New Line with Remember the Titans scribe Gregory Allen writing the adaptation.

She is repped by Paradigm, Square Media and Del, Shaw.

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In this Sept. 3, 2014 photo released by ABT, Misty Copeland performs in "Swan Lake," at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Queensland, Australia. Copeland danced the lead role of Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake" Wednesday, June 24, 2015, for the first time at American Ballet Theatre's home, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. (Darren Thomas/ABT via AP)
Misty Copeland speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in New York. The Missouri-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and a rare celebrity in that field, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company's 75-year history. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

This photo provided by American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland and James Whiteside appear in "Swan Lake" at the Metropolitan Opera House on June 24, 2015. It was Copeland's New York debut in the lead role, a key moment for her fans who hope she'll soon be named American Ballet Theater's first black principal dancer. (Gene Schiavone/American Ballet Theater via AP)

This photo provided by American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland and James Whiteside acknowledge the audience after appearing in "Swan Lake" at the Metropolitan Opera House on June 24, 2015. It was Copeland's New York debut in the lead role, a key moment for her fans who hope she'll soon be named American Ballet Theater's first black principal dancer. (Gene Schiavone/American Ballet Theater via AP)
Misty Copeland speaks to reporters during a news conference, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in New York. The Missouri-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and a rare celebrity in that field, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company's 75-year history. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Misty Copeland attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Honoree ballerina Misty Copeland attends the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People at The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Misty Copeland attends the American Ballet Theatre's 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Spring Gala at The Metropolitan Opera House on May 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Filmmaker Nelson George (L) and ballet dancer Misty Copeland (C) speak onstage during the premiere of 'A Ballerina's Tale' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Ballet dancer Misty Copeland attends the premiere of 'A Ballerina's Tale' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Spike Lee and Misty Copeland joke around as they attend the game between the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden on February 7, 2015 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Ballet dancer Misty Copeland attends the Misty Copeland In Conversation With Vogue's Chloe Malle at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on March 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Carter Rinaldi/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Misty Copeland attends American Ballet Theatre 2014 Opening Night Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on October 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: Ballerina Misty Copeland attends the American Ballet Theatre opening night Spring Gala at Lincoln Center on May 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Misty Copeland dances at BET Networks' Black Girls Rock! on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Misty Copeland accepts the Young, Gifted and Black Award at BET Networks' Black Girls Rock! on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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