Misty Copeland scores role in 'Nutcracker' movie

Misty Copeland attends the American Ballet 75th Anniversary Fall Gala on October 21, 2015 in New York City.

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  • The ballerina shared the news on Instagram
  • She is also the subject of a documentary

(CNN)Misty Copeland is making the leap -- or maybe a grand jeté -- to the big screen.

The prima ballerina has nabbed a role in Disney's forthcoming "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" movie.
    Copeland posted a picture of the script on her Instagram account with the caption: "I'm thrilled to be a part of this amazing project with Disney and the wonderful Lasse Hallstrom. #TheNutcracker #MoreToCome."
    The studio announced the live-action film back in March and Hallstrom is set to direct.
    Copeland has been lauded for breaking down barriers as an African-American dancer and is the subject of Nelson George's 2015 documentary "A Ballerina's Tale."
    For the upcoming film, she reportedly will appear as the lead ballerina in the "Nutcracker's" only dance scene.