Frontrunner Julia Garner to play Madonna in upcoming biopic

Fans are one step closer to seeing their favorite Queen of Pop dramatized on the big screen.

“Ozark” star Julia Garner has reportedly been offered the role of Madonna in an upcoming Universal biopic, a source tells Variety.

Another insider linked to the project noted that Garner, 28, has emerged as the favorite to portray the “Hung Up” singer, 63, from over a dozen front-runners.

Another source claimed the ‘Inventing Anna’ star’s crew is considering taking on the role.

Madonna will direct the film based on her life.

The film will follow the early life of the “Evita” star and rise to become the world’s number one pop superstar.

Another insider told People Tuesday that “the ‘Madonna’ project is in active development and Julia Garner is the choice to play Madonna in the biopic.”

Uncut Gems star Julia Fox is also reportedly in talks to portray Madonna’s longtime bestie, Debi Mazar.

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Madonna is directing and co-writing the film, which is based on her early years as a music superstar.
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In March it was reported that a group of young starlets were vying for the coveted role.

Names such as Florence Pugh, Alexa Demie, Odessa Young, Bebe Rexha and Sky Ferreira have previously been thrown into the mix.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the candidates had to endure a “grueling” audition process with casting director Carmen Cuba, as well as a “Madonna boot camp” of intense choreography training sessions that lasted up to 11 hours a day with Madonna’s choreographer and the music icon herself.

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The Inventing Anna star has reportedly been chosen from over a dozen competitors to play Madonna in Universal’s upcoming biopic.
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For the callback portion of the process, the actresses underwent vocal auditions and readings with Madonna.

The “Material Girl” singer said in a statement about the film that she wants to “convey the incredible journey that life has taken me as an artist, as a musician, as a dancer – as a person trying to navigate this world. “

“The focus of this film will always be the music. Music kept me going and art kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell them than me. It’s important to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision,” she added.

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