The years since Step Up have seen a resurgence of dance movies on the big screen, and the next new entry into the arena will be Battle of the Year, a 3D breakdancing film featuring Josh Holloway (Lost), Josh Peck (The Wackness), and artist/actor Chris Brown.
Sony have released the first trailer from the film, and if you’re a fan of the genre in general, this could well be right up your street.
“With compelling characters and vibrant dance sequences, BATTLE OF THE YEAR is set in the international world of B-boying — the urban dance more commonly known as “breakdancing.”
Unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of an all-star American dance crew who, with the help of their tough coach (Josh Holloway), struggle to reach their dreams despite being misunderstood by society and even their own families. Their lives collide in France where their skills are put to the ultimate test: the “Battle of the Year” finals, with crews from 18 nations vying for the title of World Champion.
The film features electrifying dance performances and astonishing displays of power and grace, showing how a street dance from New York has evolved into an inspiring art form for a new generation around the world.”
The premise admittedly looks and sounds a little less than solid, but the choreography is expectedly impressive, which is really largely the focus of the movie.
Benson Lee (Planet B-Boy) is behind the camera, directing from a script co-written by Chris Parker (Mulan 2) and Brin Hill (the upcoming Won’t Back Down), with Laz Alonso (Miracle at St. Anna) and Caity Lotz (The Pact) supporting.
Battle of the Year will be released in 3D on 25th January, 2013 in the US, followed by a 13th February, 2013 release in the UK. For now, here’s the first look at the trailer.