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Drama About Disabled Dancer Coming to Disney+

We are getting close to celebrating the third anniversary of The Walt Disney Company’s very own streaming platform, Disney+. Disney+ features not only a number of films and television shows from Disney, but also material from Pixar, Marvel, LucasFilm, and National Geographic. While there are tons of Disney classics to choose from, Disney is also constantly working on bringing new material that can only be seen on Disney+. Disney has created a ton of great shows, including The Imagineering Story, Behind the Attraction, The Mandalorian, WandaVision, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

The Imagineering Story

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Disney constantly wants to bring new, incredible content to Disney+, which includes its newest sequel film Hocus Pocus 2which will premiere on September 30. The Muppets Mayhem has also wrapped filming on Season 1, but no premiere date has been announced yet. And now we are learning about another show coming to Disney+ called Grace, which tells the story of a disabled dancer.

Chelsie Hill dancer

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The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news of the show, and they were given exclusive information. According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Freddy Wexler, best known as the Grammy-nominated songwriter behind records from Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, is producing the project and will co-write the screenplay along with Kiera Allen, the wheelchair-using actress that made her feature debut opposite Sarah Paulson in the Hulu film Run. It’s unclear if the project, which is in early development, will land on streaming or in theaters.

The logline for the project reads: “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.”

The project, based on an original story by Wexler, 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.

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.”

Chelsie Hill dancer

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This is the second show that Disney is currently working on that focuses on the triumphs of differently abled individuals. Disney is also working on a documentary about the California School for the Death – Riverside, whose football team had an undefeated season in 2021. The film will star CODA actor Troy Kotsur. Neither Grace nor the football documentary have premiere dates at this time.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!