Having already opened abroad this month, The Weinstein Company are hoping that “Leap!” (aka “Ballerina“) can do them some box-office magic next year and tap into the lucrative family moviegoing market. When that audience connects with something, they really connect, and having a pair of very talented actors in Elle Fanning and Dane DeHaan leading the voice cast can’t be a bad thing in trying to achieve some success.
Directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin, the story is set in 1884 and follows a young girl who dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, and her friend with ambitions to become an inventor. Here’s the official synopsis:
Paris, 1884. A orphaned girl arrives in Paris from Brittany. Félicie Milliner is 11 and has no money but one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, Félicie takes a big risk: she ‘borrows’ a spoiled brats identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. But how long can she be someone else? Mentored by the tough and mysterious cleaner, Odette, Félicie learns that talent is not enough — it takes hard work to be better than her ruthless, conniving fellow students. That and friendship. Félicie’s inventive, exhausting and charismatic best friend Victor also has a dream: becoming a famous inventor. Together, they both encourage each other to reach for the stars.
“Leap!” opens on March 3, 2017.