Actor Julia Garner has reportedly been offered the role of Madonna, emerging as the favorite among many other candidates.
The audition process was described as “grueling” by those who have knowledge of the project. Because the role requires singing, acting, and dancing, there were long sessions—sometimes as long as 11 hours—with Madonna and her choreographer.
Little is known about the script, but it’s being written by Madonna and playwright Erin Cressida Wilson. The biopic will supposedly conclude with the pop star’s 1990 Blond Ambition world tour. This is the tour that supported her album Like a Prayer, which included many iconic songs including “Like a Prayer” and “Express Yourself.”
Madonna decided to write and direct the film in order to dramatize her life on her terms. “The reason I’m doing it is because a bunch of people have tried to write movies about me, but they’re always men,” she said on The Tonight Show in October 2021. “I read that Universal was doing a script… they wanted my blessing, and I read it. It was the most hideous, superficial crap I’ve ever read. This [has] happened a couple of times. So, finally, I just threw down the gauntlet.”