Um, You Guys: MADONNA Is Directing the Michaela DePrince Movie

We bet the news added another foot of height to Michaela's amazing jump. (Photo by Michel Schnater)

Remember back in 2015, when it was first announced that the extraordinary memoir of extraordinary ballerina (and Dance Spirit cover star) Michaela DePrince would be made into a film? Remember the happy dance you did upon hearing that news?

Well, take that happy dance, multiply it by 10, and add some fierce voguing moves to it: We just found out the director of DePrince's biopic is none other than Madonna.

MA. DON. NA.


Titled, like the memoir, Taking Flight, the film will follow Michaela's now-famous journey from an orphanage in war-torn Sierra Leone to the upper echelons of the ballet world. "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."

What can we say? Icons attract fellow icons. And lest you're wondering about the Material Girl's directorial skills, please note that she helmed 2008's Filth and Wisdom, co-directed 2011's W.E., and is currently working on a movie version of the book The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. We can't wait to see what she does with Michaela's incredible story.

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