Madonna is set to direct a film based on the life of ballerina Michaela DePrince from the biography Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. The announcement was made by MGM Motion Picture Group President Jonathan Glickman who said that the story of DePrince is inspiring. The ballerina, who grew up in wartime Sierra Leone, became a world-famous star after she made her debut in South Africa’s Johannesburg Ballet. A younger generation will remember her from Beyonce’s “Lemonade” video.
No word yet on who will star in the film, but Fresh off the Boat–writer Camilla Blackett will write the screenplay.