Madonna to direct ballerina biopic Taking Flight

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Madonna is bringing the life of a fellow trendsetter to the cinema.

MGM revealed Tuesday that the queen of pop will direct the upcoming movie Taking Flight, a biographical drama based upon the life of Sierra Leonean ballerina Michaela DePrince.

Before appearing in the “Hope” area of Beyoncé’s Lemonade job on HBO, DePrince increased to prominence at the center of the 2012 documentary First Position, which followed the young ballet dancer as she got ready for the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City. She was born in war-torn Sierra Leone, where her daddy was eliminated by rebels when she was 3 years of ages and her mom passed away from hunger. She was embraced by American moms and dads, and later on debuted as an expert dancer at age 17 in South Africa’s Joburg Ballet. She presently dances as a musician at the Dutch National Ballet.

“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” Madonna stated of the prepared movie through news release. “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honored to bring her story to life.”

Madonna will direct the movie as her 3rd feature-length production (following 2008’s Filth and Wisdom and 2011’s W.E.) from a script composed by Fresh Off the Boat and New Girl author Camilla Blackett. Blackett’s movie script is adjusted from DePrince’s kids’s narrative Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina, coauthored by her embraced mom, Elaine.

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