Federica Battiato (Blasting News) reports that well-known Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta will star in a BBC film about his life and career. The film, to be directed by Icíar Bollaín, was inspired by Acosta’s memoir, No way home. Battiato writes:
BBC Film is set to produce, in collaboration with “I, Daniel Blake” writer Paul Laverty, a biopic on the first black principal guest dancer at the Royal Opera House, Carlos Acosta. The announcement was made by The Match Factory, world sales German company, to potential buyers in Cannes earlier this week. It was also announced that the shooting of the new film will begin later this year in Cuba.
“Yuli”, the name of the project, will see Carlos Acosta as himself joined by two more actors who will play his younger self. Also, the film will see the Acosta’s Havana-based dance company – Acosta Danza – to perform eight contemporary pieces. Each of them are key to the dancer’s career and his success.
The story was inspired by Carlos Acosta’s biography, “No way home”, published in 2008, where the dancer explains how from a simple Cuban boy he became one of the most famous ballet dancers in the world.
The film will be directed by the Spanish director Ician Bollain [sic], famous for Even the Rain (También la lluvia). [. . .]
For full article, including a bio on the dancer, see http://uk.blastingnews.com/entertainment/2017/05/bbc-film-set-to-produce-a-biopic-on-carlos-acosta-001713319.html