Madonna is stepping behind the camera again, this time to direct Taking Flight, a movie based on the life of ballerina Michaela DePrince, reports Deadline. Born in Sierra Leone, DePrince’s father was shot and killed by rebels in the war-torn country when she was just 3 years old; her mother died of starvation one week later. She was adopted by a large American family (with 11 children) and pursued dancing from an early age. Now a soloist at the Dutch National Ballet, DePrince made her professional debut in South Africa’s Joburg Ballet when she was 17, and has appeared in Beyoncé’s Lemonade as well First Position, a 2012 documentary about the Youth America Grand Prix. The script for the film is being adapted from DePrince’s memoir of the same name, Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.
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