According to the Hollywood ReporterWalt Disney Pictures is developing the dance drama film Gracewhich will focus on a very talented disabled dancer.
What is happening:
- The story of Grace centers on a promising 17-year-old dancer, who remains paralyzed from the waist down, after being in a debilitating car accident; with the help of a demanding artistic director, she becomes the star of a first dance company.
- Freddy Wexler, best known as the Grammy-nominated songwriter behind records by Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, is producing the project and will co-write the screenplay with Kiera Allen, the wheelchair actress who made her debut opposite Sarah Paulson in the Hulu film To run.
- It’s unclear if the project, which is in early development, will land on streaming or in theaters.
- The project, based on an original story by Wexler, will be produced by Chelsie Hill, a longtime professional dancer and founder of the Rollettes, a wheelchair dance team based in Los Angeles. Hill, who herself was paralyzed after a car accident, will also act as a consultant.
What they say :
- Freddy Wexler said in a statement: “Grace’s journey is a reflection of so many real dancers, artists and athletes pushing their limits. I am honored to be part of the incredible team helping to promote authentic representation and inclusive storytelling for the disability community.
- Kiera Allen added: “I’m so excited to be working with Freddy, Chelsie and Disney on this project. Grace is a beautiful story about self-expression, identity and what it means to be an artist. And as an artist with a disability myself, I’m proud to be part of this move towards authentic representation.
- Chelsie Hill said: “This story will inspire anyone who thinks they are limited in pursuing their wildest dreams – I wish I had a movie like this when I was first injured.”