Madonna Will Direct Michaela DePrince Biopic 'Taking Flight'

Madonna Will Direct Michaela DePrince Biopic 'Taking Flight'

The Queen of Pop is slated to direct the screen adaption of dancer Michaela DePrince's story.

The Queen of Pop is slated to direct the screen adaption of dancer Michaela DePrince's story.

Text: Gillian Rivera

Madonna just scored a new gig. Taking the director's seat for the third time, the performer will helm a new biopic telling the story of Sierra Leonian ballet dancer Michaela DePrince. The film will be adapted by Camilla Blackett from DePrince's Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Ballerina. The dancer first caught attention with her appearance in Beyonce's Lemonade.

"Michaela's journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity," Madonna said in a statement. "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." DePrince was orphaned after her parents were killed in the Sierra Leone's civil war. After being adopted by a family in New Jersey, DePrince went on to realize her dreams of dancing. She now holds a solo spot with the Dutch National Ballet.

The artist previously directed films Filth and Wisdom in 2008 and W.E. in 2011, even winning a Golden Globe Award for writing the latter's signature song, "Masterpiece." She's also working on an adaptation of novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. Ironically, the Queen of Pop is due to be the subject of an upcoming biopic herself, much to her own disapproval. The current status of that project is not known at this time.

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