MADONNA TO DIRECT BALLERINA FILM
POP superstar Madonna will direct a biopic about Michaela DePrince, a war orphan from Sierra Leone who overcame overwhelming odds to become a successful ballerina.
Taking Flight, taken from the name of DePrince’s 2014 autobiography, will be Madonna’s third time as a feature film director after
Filth and Wisdom in 2008 and W.E. in 2011.
DePrince, abandoned by her uncle during the west African nation’s brutal civil war, was in an orphanage because she suffered from the skin disorder vitiligo.
After being adopted by an American family, she rose to become a ballerina in the US, V1 - MHSE01Z01MA South Africa and Holland, where the 23-year-old is now a soloist in the Dutch National Ballet.
“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” Madonna said.