The Madonna biopic featuring Julia Garner has been cancelled
It appears that Julia Garner, who plays Ozark’s Alicia, will no longer be appearing in the proposed Madonna biography.
It was originally announced in 2020, with Madonna set to helm and write the film alongside Juno scribe Diablo Cody. As far as I knew, Amy Pascal (Ghostbusters, Little Women) was going to be one of the producers.
As of last summer, it was said that Garner had been handed the main part after having “emerged the favourite” from a pool of more than a dozen applicants.
Variety has learned from many reliable sources that work on the film has been halted at Universal Studios, with some speculation that this is because of her forthcoming 40th anniversary “Celebration” tour.
They also note that Madonna is still interested in filming the project at some point, but that development on the film has been put on hold indefinitely.
In an interview with Variety from 2022, Madonna discussed the film’s progress and her decision to become more involved.
She stated, “I’ve had an extraordinary life, I must make an extraordinary film, It was also a preemptive strike because a lot of people were trying to make movies about me. Mostly misogynistic men. So I put my foot in the door and said, ‘No one’s going to tell my story, but me’.”
Madonna said, “I have a very long script that is really hard for me to make shorter. I’ve been whittling away at it, but it’s like hacking off my limbs.”
The ‘Celebration Tour’ phase of Madonna’s world tour will begin in North America in July, followed by the European leg in October, when she will perform at London’s O2 Arena.
As a result of “overwhelming demand” during the presale, Madonna added an extra date at London’s O2 Arena, and this morning, she announced that she will be performing there again on October 17. Concert organisers Livenation have announced that this will be the last extra London performance.