The Madonna biopic starring Ozark‘s Julia Garner has officially been scrapped. The film was set to be directed by Madonna herself but is no longer in development at Universal Pictures. 

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Julia Garner would have looked the part.

Madonna’s sole focus now lies on her new world tour that sold out shows in New York, London, Paris, and other cities in minutes, but she still remains committed to making a film about her life one day.

A Madonna biopic was inevitable, especially after the success of other biopics such as Freddie Mercury’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Elton John’s Rocketman, and most recently, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. There’s still the Michael Jackson biopic to look forward to though. 

While announced in 2020, the development of the film lingered on through the end of 2022. Madonna worked on two script drafts that would encompass large periods of her creative and personal life. An earlier version was written with Oscar winner Diablo Cody and then Erin Cressida Wilson (The Girl on the Train) took a second pass.

She’s Certainly Not Like A Virgin

Madonna, also known as the Queen of Pop, began her rise to success in the early 80s with the release of her first solo album to worldwide acclaim. Her success was unprecedented and Madonna branched out into acting, starring in movies such as A League Of Their Own, Dick Tracy, and Evita.

Of course, Madonna’s Like A Virgin song will also be remembered for this glorious scene from Reservoir Dogs. Classic. 

She’s Not Going To Express Herself

Sadly for Julia Garner, it seems months of hard work is now Frozen (I need to stop with these song puns). Garner was cast back in June after a grueling audition process that involved several other Hollywood performers. 

The audition process reportedly included up to 11 hours a day of choreography sessions with Madonna’s choreographer and Madonna herself, as well as singing auditions. Florence Pugh, Alexa Demie, and Odessa Young were all up for the part.

On the bright side, garner will no longer have to inject her face with bacon fat and cement in order to portray Madonna at 64 who now looks like a Cenobite. You dodged a bullet there Julia.

Gross.

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