Kyle McLachlan finds Mao's Last Dancer

Bruce Beresford has been cooking up one of those prestige films you just know wants to get noticed when awards season kicks off.

He’s packing it with a quality cast, too – Kyle McLachlan, Bruce Greenwood and Joan Chen have all jumped aboard Mao’s Last Dancer, which takes its true-life tale from Li Cunxin. Taken from his village at the age of 11, he was swept off to Beijing to study ballet, which led to him visiting America on a tour, falling for an American and forging a chance to defect. He ended up becoming a respected hoofer in the States and Australia.

Beresford starts the cameras rolling in March and Variety knows the tune .