The Weinstein Company has picked up U.S. rights to the upcoming animated film Ballerina, starring Elle Fanning, Maddie Ziegler and Carly Rae Jepsen. Directed by Eric Summer and Eric Warin, the historical drama is set in 1884 Paris and follows Félicie Milliner (Fanning), an orphaned girl with no money but one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, she takes a huge risk, stealing the identity of a spoiled brat and entering the prestigious Opera Ballet School. Faced with the struggle of pretending to be someone else, she’s mentored by a tough and mysterious cleaner, Odette (Jepsen), and learns it will take more than just raw talent to see her dreams through. Along the way she meets the charismatic and talented Victor, an aspiring inventor and together they encourage each other to reach for the stars. Carole Noble and Laurent Zeitoun penned the script. TWC negotiated the deal with WME Global and Gaumont on behalf of the producers.
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