'Inventing Anna' actress Julia Garner to take leading role in Madonna biopic

The Netflix star who became famous for her role in Ozark has allegedly beaten over a dozen other candidates.

The star of the new Madonna biopic
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Julia Garner has reportedly been offered the role of Madonna in the upcoming biopic, based on the life of one of the best-selling female artists in history. After gaining fame from her roles in the Netflix series Ozark and Inventing Anna, the former of which became a viral TikTok sensation, the actress has allegedly outperformed other contenders including Florence Pugh, Alexa Demie and Odessa Young.

The actress’s team has said that they are “considering and expected to take the offer”. This will be the second biographical role taken by Garner as she chronicles Madonna’s journey to becoming the ‘Queen of Pop’. According to Variety, this comes after a gruelling BootCamp during which the auditioning Hollywood stars had to prove their ability to star in the Madonna biopic.

Madonna announced the biopic on her Instagram account after the premiere of her Madame X concert documentary on Paramount, revealing that the script was almost complete.

After Academy Award-winning director Diablo Cody allegedly left the production, Madonna has taken on the role of director. She is working alongside acclaimed producer Amy Pascal under Universal Pictures. At present, the remaining cast and anticipated release date are unknown.

In a statement released after announcing the biopic, Madonna stated: “I want to 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,” she continues. “There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me.  It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”


Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chair Donna Langley won the rights to the script in a bidding war between multiple studios. “Madonna is the ultimate icon, humanitarian, artist and rebel.  With her singular gift of creating art that is as accessible as it is boundary-pushing, she has shaped our culture in a way very few others have” said Langely.

The Madonna biopic will be the third feature film directed by the singer, following Filth and Wisdom released in 2008 and the historical biopic W.E in 2012.

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