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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.


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