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The highly anticipated Madonna biopic starring Ozark star Julia Garner has apparently been suspended.
Variety reports that the project has essentially been put on the back burner by Universal Pictures because Madonna, who is directing the film, has decided to focus on her upcoming tour instead.
The biopic has not been scrapped entirely as the news outlet notes that Madonna is still determined to turn her life story into a movie one day. Representatives for Madonna and Universal have not commented.
Garner – who has had a breakout year with an Emmy nomination for Netflix’s invent Anna and the end of Ozark — was first linked to the project last spring, when it was reported that she was teaming up with Marvel star Florence Pugh, Alexa Demie (Euphoria), Odessa Young (The score) and Emma Laird (Mayor of Kingstonn).
The American actress finally won the role of Material Girl in June and it was announced that Madonna herself would direct the choreography for the film.
Shortly after the project was announced, Madonna said she agreed to license her story and music for a biopic to accurately portray herself as “a performer, a musician, a dancer”.
“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 them than me. It is essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”
Those upset about the biopic’s lack of release can check out a more humorous take on Madonna Strange: The Story of Al Yankovicwhere she is played by Evan Rachel Wood opposite Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘Weird’ Al.
Tickets for Madonna’s world tour are also now available in the US and UK on Ticketmaster.