Ozark’s star Julia Garner is the chosen one to play Madonna.
However, it is not yet clear if the 28-year-old actress has formally accepted as according to Variety Garner’s team are still mulling it over, although a source says they are ‘considering and expected to accept the offer.’
Florence Pugh, Bebe Rexha, Sky Ferreira, Emma Laird, as well as Euphoria stars Sydney Sweeney, Alexa Demie, and Barbie Ferreira, were all rumored to be up for the iconic lead role.
The Inventing Anna star was first rumored to be in the running all the way back in August 2020, when Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary followed the actress on Instagram.
The hotly-anticipated project has been in the works for a number of years, and was hit with delays when Madonna, 63, parted ways with original screenwriter Diabo Cody.
British actress Pugh, 26, was another top contender for the lead role, and one industry insider even speculated that Pugh’s team had purposely announced her role in the Dune sequel in a bid to entice Madonna into offering it to her.
In March this year, insiders revealed details about the ‘grueling’ audition process as the search for the actress playing the Queen Of Pop went on for months.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, sources revealed auditions could sometimes involve 11 hour choreography sessions with Madonna’s choreographer, followed by a choreography session with the actual Material Girl singer.
During callbacks, actresses reportedly did readings and singing auditions with Madonna herself.
A source with knowledge of the try-outs called them ‘grueling.’ A source said: ‘You have to be able to do everything.’
The film will require the actress to partake in singing and dancing sequences, and whoever ends up landing the coveted role will need to undergo a month’s worth of rigorous training in preparation for filming.
Universal is serving as the distributor for the film, which is currently in active development.