Disney has announced that it is filming a feature documentary on Anthony Madu, the Nigerian boy who became famous after a video of him dancing barefoot in the rain went viral in 2020.
Disney Original Documentary made the announcement at the D23 Expo recently, where it unveiled its future projects.
Disney Original Documentary said, “Anthony comes from a community with limited opportunities, making this film a chance of a lifetime to pursue his dream.”
According to Disney, the upcoming documentary titled ‘Madu’ captures the events that took place after a 44-second video of Anthony dancing in the rain was uploaded.
Madu, who was 11 then, mesmerized many viewers worldwide with his pirouettes and leaps. The video ultimately fetched him a scholarship at the 100-year-old Elmhurst Ballet School in the U.K.
Speaking about the documentary, Marjon Javadi, vice president of Disney Original Documentary, said, “Anthony’s journey is beautiful, full of courage, growth and acceptance. We aspire to share unique, diverse and global perspectives with audiences full of magic and heart.”
Nigerian director Joel’ Kachi Benson is directing the feature project alongside Oscar nominee Matt Ogens.
Ogens and Benson said in a statement, “Our shared journey is about curiosity and creating an awareness of different cultures through our connection with each other.”
‘Madu’ is part of a growing slate of films from Disney Original Documentary.
The documentary is produced by Jamie Patricof, Katie McNeill and Rachel Halilej, while Marjon Javadi heads the project for Disney Original Documentary.
‘Madu’ is expected to be released later in 2023.