There’s no one in the distance quite like the native Madonna Louise Ciccone, which is a shame because they need someone to play her in a biopic about her wild career – no less directed by Madge herself. But according to Variety, the impossible may have happened: an offer to win two Emmys has reportedly been made Ozark striking Julia Garner.
The search was a rigorous one, with more than a dozen frontrunners. Names put forward include Florence Pugh and Odessa Young, Euphoria‘s Alexa Demie, and singers like Bebe Rexha and Sky Ferreira. But producers – and presumably Madonna herself – seem to be pleased with Garner, whose credits the films feature Grandma and The assistantplus the shows The Americans and the recent invent Anna.
Sure, they could have gone with Evan Rachel Wood, but she already did in another upcoming biopic, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.
It’s not entirely unusual for people to star in biopics about their lives. Howard Stern, 50 Cent, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson and Eminem have all done that. It’s much rarer for a subject to control it too. The closest thing to that seems to be Richard Pyror directing himself in the thinly veiled semi-autobiography Jo Jo Dancer, your life is calling.
Back in 2007, Run Fast: The Story of Dewey Cox seemed to kill the corny musical biopic to death. Turns out it just put him in a coma. The genre has been back with a vengeance for a few years now, with Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman, Respectand this summer’s Elvis to bring it back, bigger and louder than ever. Now it’s Madonna’s turn, with one of the best parts of Ozark probably long before the ride.