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Madonna to direct film on dancer Michaela DePrince’s life

/ 07:02 PM March 14, 2018

Image: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Madonna is pirouetting back into the director’s chair.

MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman says Tuesday that the pop music icon will direct a film based on ballet dancer Michaela DePrince’s memoir “Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.”

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In this July 10, 2012 file photo, dancer Michaela DePrince rehearses for her lead role in Le Corsaire in Johannesburg. Image: AP Photo Denis Farrell, File

DePrince overcame a childhood in war-stricken Sierra Leone to become a world-class ballerina. She made her debut at age 17 in South Africa’s Joburg Ballet and also appeared in Beyonce’s “Lemonade.”

Madonna has directed two previous features: The 2008 comedy “Filth and Wisdom” and the Wallis Simpson drama “W.E.” She is also working on a film adaptation of the novel “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.”

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No cast or release date is set for “Taking Flight,” but “Fresh Off the Boat” writer Camilla Blackett will pen the screenplay. NVG

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