“Ozark” Star Julia Garner Has Been Offered Madonna Role in Biopic
Variety has a big scoop—Ozark and Inventing Anna star Julia Garner has been offered the role of Madonna in the upcoming biopic about the icon, which Madonna herself is directing. Garner was against some very stiff competition, auditioning for the role along with over a dozen other candidates. Some of the actors who were in contention for the role included Florence Pugh, Odessa Young, and Euphoria star Alexa Demie, as well as singers like Sky Ferreira and Bebe Rexha. Unsurprisingly, Variety reports that Garner’s team is expected to accept the offer.
Garner’s star has been on the rise since she burst on the scene as the seemingly indomitable Ruth Langmore on Ozark, becoming the series’ uncontested fan favorite. She then went on to lead Inventing Anna for Netflix, playing Anna Delvey, the alleged German heiress who wowed the New York socialite scene by prizing money away from gullible jet-set types, becoming a tabloid favorite.
The Madonna biopic will follow the star’s early days, when she seemed to be in the news every other day and couldn’t seem to do anything, whether it was to date or drop a new music video, without the entire world marveling at her every move. The script was eventually won in a bidding war by Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Donna Langley.
In a statement after the biopic was announced, Madonna said she hoped the film would “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 them than me. It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”
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Featured image: PARK CITY, UTAH – JANUARY 26: Julia Garner of ‘The Assistant’ attends the IMDb Studio at Acura Festival Village on location at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival – Day 3 on January 26, 2020 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)