Disney is developing a disability dance drama titled Grace, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The project is centered on a highly talented disabled dancer.
Songwriter Freddy Wexler, whose songs have been recorded by hit artists such as songs have been recorded by artists including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and Post Malone, will produce and co-write the screenplay with Kiera Allen, the wheelchair-bound actress who made her acting debut in Hulu’s Run opposite Sarah Paulson.
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. It is unknown if the project will head to Disney+ or receive a theatrical release.
The story is based on an original story from Wexler and will be executive produced by Chelsie Hill, the longtime professional dancer and founder of the Rollettes, a Los Angeles-based wheelchair dance team. Hill, who herself was paralyzed after a car accident, will also act as a consultant.