Julia Garner has a new role to play as an icon, the Inventing Anna actress is the frontrunner to play Madonna in her upcoming biography.
The MADONNA project is currently in production at Universal Pictures, with garner cast as the leading heroine. Following reports that Florence Pugh, Euphoria’s Alexa Demie, Odessa Young, and singers Bebe Rexha and Sky Ferreira were in the running to play the music legend, Garner was named the “top choice” for the biopic.
The film will cover the controversial artist’s early days as the rightfully crowned queen of pop, according to Variety. After a multi-studio bidding war, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group head Donna Langley won the script, which will be produced by Amy Pascal. Madonna will be a co-writer on the script as well as the film’s director.
Of the upcoming film, the singer said she hoped to “convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer — a human being, trying to make her way in this world. The focus of this film will always be music. Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.
For her part, Langley called Madonna “the ultimate icon, humanitarian, artist and rebel.”
Last month, ET chatted with Madonna’s longtime friend and actress Debi Mazar about the planned biopic and what she thinks of Julia Fox’s rumoured casting as Madonna.
“First of all, Madonna is still writing and she’s not casting it just yet,” Mazar maintained. “Julia Fox is just lovely. I have never met her, but she was fantastic in Uncut Gems, and I interviewed her once, and she’s beautiful.”
She continued, “To me, she actually looks more like Madonna to me, than me. So, maybe she’s going to play Madonna, so, who knows?”
While casting has yet to be determined, Mazar is certain that her buddy will “choose the perfect person.”