Madonna reveals why she took control of her own biopic

Los Angeles, California - Madonna has lived to tell her own story – and she's not about to let anyone else interfere with that.

Madonna is co-writing and directing her own biopic.
Madonna is co-writing and directing her own biopic.  © AL BELLO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

The pop superstar told Variety in an interview out Wednesday that she’s directing her own biopic to ensure she’s in control of that narrative.

"I’ve had an extraordinary life, I must make an extraordinary film," said the Like a Prayer and Live to Tell singer.

"It was also a preemptive strike because a lot of people were trying to make movies about me," the icon continued. "Mostly misogynistic men. So I put my foot in the door and said, 'No one’s going to tell my story, but me.'"

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While Florence Pugh, Alexa Demie, and Odessa Young were among those in contention to play Madonna on the big screen, the role ultimately went to Julia Garner, best known for her starring roles in Ozark and Inventing Anna.

The project, to also be co-written and produced by Madonna, was first announced in September 2020.

With the spotlight put on the music itself, Madonna said at the time said that she hopes the movie will "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."

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