On June 7, Universal confirmed to E! News that the “Inventing Anna” actress is the choice to play the role of the “Like a Virgin” singer, however, the film remains in active development.
According to Variety, Garner, 28, “emerged the favorite from over a dozen candidates,” including “Euphoria‘s” Alexa Demie, “Mothering Sunday’s” Odessa Young and “Mayor of Kingstown’s” Emma Laird. Last year, Madonna, 63, teased singer and actress Florence Pugh as being”up there on the list” of contenders for the role.
“It’s a pretty crazy experience so far, I’m just in the writing process, and just deciding which stories to tell, how much detail to go into, which characters to develop,” Madonna shared last September. “It’s really been a long and arduous process, but it’s been really therapeutic as well.”
Madonna and Universal first announced plans for the biopic in September 2020. The “Material Girl” singer will direct and write the film with the help of Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
The untitled film will follow the early days of Madonna’s life as an “oft-controversial artist and queen of perpetual reinvention,” per Variety.
“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,” she said in a statement at the time. “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 it than me. It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”
(E! and Universal are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)