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Disney Developing Disability Dance Drama ‘Grace’

A dance drama movie titled “Grace” is in early development at Walt Disney Pictures.  The film will center on a highly talented, disabled dancer.

Grammy-nominated songwriter Freddy Wexler is producing the project and will co-write the screenplay along with Kiera Allen.  Allen is a wheelchair-using actress that made her feature debut opposite Sarah Paulson in Hulu’s Run.

The project is based on an original story by Wexler.  Chelsie Hill will also executive produce and serve as a consultant.  Hill is a longtime professional dancer and founder of the Rollettes, a Los Angeles-based wheelchair dance team.

The logline for the film is as follows:

“The story centers around a promising 17-year-old dancer, who is left paralyzed from the waist down, after getting into a debilitating car accident; with the help of an exacting artistic director, she becomes the star of a premiere dance company.”

Said Wexler in a statement, “Grace’s journey is a reflection of so many real-life dancers, artists and athletes who push themselves to the limits. I am honored to be a part of the incredible team helping to further authentic representation and inclusive storytelling for the disabled community.”

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 a disabled artist myself, I’m proud to be part of this step forward for authentic representation.”

Said Hill, “This story will inspire anyone who thinks they’re limited from pursuing their wildest dreams — I wish I’d had a film like this when I was first injured.”

Currently, it’s unclear if the project is intended for streaming or will release in theaters.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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