Battle of the Year: Dance Movie

An all-star American dance crew competes against the most talented teams from across the globe for the coveted title in hip hop culture in Battle of the Year, an inspiring dance movie from director Benson Lee.

Inspired by Lee’s award-winning documentary, Planet B-Boy, Battle of the Year showcases the exhilarating realm of competitive dancing with unprecedented depth and insight, as some of the world’s most elite teams ignite the screen with an astonishing display of athleticism, power and grace, all in state-of-the-art 3-D.
Hip hop mogul Dante Graham (Laz Alonso) has created a billion-dollar business out of his b-boy past. Now he intends to reinvigorate America’s reputation as the pre-eminent by creating an all-American dream team that can win the legendary Battle of the Year, hip hop’s premier competition, in Montpellier, France.

Graham turns to his old friend and former crew mate Jason Blake (Josh Holloway) to coach the team. With help of his assistant coach Franklyn (Josh Peck) and choreographer Stacy (Caity Lotz), Blake struggles to transform 13 headstrong individualists into a disciplined, cohesive and polished crew to rival all comers.

But with the competition only weeks away, the internal rivalry between dancers Rooster (Chris Brown) and Do Knock (Jon Cruz) divides the group into bitter factions, as Blake struggles to overcome the despair and alcohol abuse that have enveloped him since the death of his wife and child in a tragic accident. If the dream team wants to bring the b-boy world championship back to American soil for the first time in 15 years, they will have to face down ferocious personal demons to succeed.

Battle of the Year stars Josh Holloway (“Lost,” Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Laz Alonso (Avatar, Fast and Furious), Takers), Josh Peck (“Drake & Josh”; The Wackness), Caity Lotz (“Death Valley,” “Mad Men”) and Grammy®-winning recording artist Chris Brown (Stomp the Yard) as Rooster. The film also stars a crew of real life b-boys including Jon “Do Knock” Cruz, Jesse “Casper” Brown, Ivan “Flipz” Velez, Joshua Lee “Milky” Ayers, Richard “Lil Adonis” Maguire, David “Kid David” Shreibman, Sawandi Wilson, Anis Cheurfa, Steve Terada, Gil “Gillatine” Brace-Wessel, Sammy “SamO” Soto, Richie “Abstrak” Soto and Luis Rosado.

The film is directed by Benson Lee from a script inspired by his acclaimed documentary Planet B-Boy and written by Brin Hill (Won’t Back Down) and Chris Parker (Mulan II). The producers of Battle of the Year are Beau Flynn (Red Dawn, Journey to the Center of the Earth), Tripp Vinson (The Number 23, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), and Amy Lo (Planet B-Boy, Dreaming Nicaragua). Executive producers are Glenn S. Gainor (Friends with Benefits, Easy A), William Packer (Think Like a Man, Takers and Rich and Tone Talauega. Director of photography is Michael Barrett (Texas Chain Saw 3-D, Ted). Editor is Peter S. Elliot (Iron Man 3, Think Like a Man). Production designer is Chris Cornwell (The Ideas of March, Footloose). Music supervisor is Pilar McCurry while original music is by Christopher Lennertz (Identity Thief, Thanks for Sharing). Costume designer is Soyon An (“American Idol,” “So You Think You can Dance”). The film is choreographed by Dave Scott (Step Up 3-D, Stomp the Yard) and Rich and Tone Talauega (who have worked with Chris Brown, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez).