(ANSA) – NEW YORK, JUNE 08 – Julia Garner of “Inventing Anna” has been chosen for the role of Madonna in a biopic about the pop star directed by the singer herself. Garner, 28, has emerged as a favorite among dozens of candidates for the project Madonna has called “a roller coaster ride” in her life, and is considering taking the part, “Variety sources said. “.
The film, produced by Universal Pictures, is a female production that will follow the first steps of an often controversial artist and perhaps on par with Jane Fonda in her ability to continually reinvent herself. Universal Filmed Entertainment Group president Donna Langley grabbed Diablo Cody’s script in an auction that saw competition from many majors. Amy Pascal was involved as a producer.
For Madonna it will be the third film as director after the “dramedy” set in London “Filth and Wisdom” in 2008 and “WE” on the love story between Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII in 2012. Garner, known to the TV audience in streaming for having starred in the “Americans” on Amazon Prime and then in the four seasons of “Ozark” and in “Inventing Anna” for Netflix, would have reached the final in a series of complex auditions aimed at demonstrating the ability of the actresses to move on stage with the same stage presence and the voice of Madonna. Among the other actresses in the running, Variety cites Florence Pugh of “Little Women”, Alexa Demie of “Euphoria” and Odessa Young, while the names of the singers Bebe Rexha and Sky Ferreira have also circulated.
The film is not the first in the works on Madonna’s life: the same singer shot up another project, “Blond Ambition” with the screenplay by Elyse Hollander, whose merits had been extolled in the 2016 Black List of scripts never made. The following year the “Material Girl” explained that “only she” could tell her story: “Anyone else who tries is a fool and a charlatan”.
In Madonna’s words, the new film now wants to portray “the incredible journey” that led her “to make her way around the world” as an artist, musician, dancer. The focus of the film will be music: “Music has kept me going and the art has kept me alive”, said the singer, announcing “many stories never told, and who is in better condition to tell them if not me?”. (HANDLE).