Trust Madonna to have absolute control over every aspect of her career including who will play her in a biopic.
According to a The Guardian report, the Italian-born American singer, who has reinvented herself over the years, just cast Ozark star Julia Garner to play her in the telling of her own life story.
Born Madonna Louise Ciccone, the singer is reportedly directing the flick because, “only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool”.
Citing a Variety report, the outlet says Garner was offered the role after an extensive audition process, with contenders reportedly including Florence Pugh, Euphoria’s Alexa Demie and Odessa Young.
It adds that Madonna’s plan to direct her own biopic from a script co-written by Young Adult’s Diablo Cody was announced in 2020. In a statement at the time, Madonna had said: “I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artiste, a musician, a dancer – a human being, trying to make her way in this world … There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It’s essential to share the rollercoaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”
Called Blond Ambition and written by Elyse Hollander, it came top of the 2016 Black List of best unproduced screenplays. However, in 2017, Madonna said: “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool … Why would Universal Studios want to make a movie about me based on a script that is all lies???”
Garner recently starred in the Netflix series Inventing Anna, about high society con artist Anna Sorokin, and her most high-profile film role to date was the lead in The Assistant, the Kitty Green-directed drama about harassment in the film industry.
The biopic would mark Madonna’s third feature film as director, after the London-set comedy-drama Filth and Wisdom from 2008 and the Wallis Simpson/Edward VIII biopic W.E., which was released in 2012.