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Madonna to direct Michaela De Prince ballerina biopic Taking Flight


Story by Jack Foley

MADONNA is to direct the biopic Taking Flight, based on the life of ballerina Michaela De Prince.

Based on Michaela and Elaine DePrince’s memoir, Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina, the film has been in development since 2015.

Like the book, it will follow Michaela DePrince’s life from an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone to a world-renowned ballerina.

DePrince was adopted at the age of four and taken to the US by Elaine and Charles DePrince.

She has previously been featured in the 2012 ballet documentary First Position and also debuted as a professional dancer at the age of 17 in the Joburg Ballet in South Africa.

She appeared in Beyonce’s Lemonade in 2016 and is currently a soloist at the Dutch National Ballet.

Commenting on what drew her to the project, Madonna said: “Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity. 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.”

Camilla Blackett (New Girl) has penned the screenplay.

Madonna last directed 2011’s W.E., which chronicled the relationship between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Her upcoming projects include co-writing and directing a film adaptation of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.