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Everything We Know About The Madonna Biopic So Far

It seems like forever ago that singer, actress, activist and all-around icon Madonna announced that she was working on her biopic, Little Sparrow. The Queen of Pop has been busy, and while it will surely be in production for a little while longer, we finally have some more information on Madonna’s upcoming project. 

Madonna has done a lot, to say the least; it isn’t a stretch to call her one of the most influential people to ever live. She is the best selling female recording artist of all time, with a career spanning over four decades. The singer was the face of MTV and ’80s pop music in general. Her impact on music has been so huge that she’s inspired all of your faves (and she’s also very much a fashion icon). But apart from her impact on music, she’s been a vocal activist in the name of feminism and LGBTQ rights, and she even has a feud with Former President Donald Trump. Madonna is very much alive and kicking after 40 years of basically taking over the world. She’s released new music this summer and has been outspoken about her experiences with ageism and being a now older woman in the limelight. In short? We stan. 

While more details will likely be coming out within the next few months, stick around for everything we know about Little Sparrow so far. 

The plot is still under wraps.

Madonna has not released any details about what specific parts of her life the movie will focus on, but we will update y’all as soon as we find out! Though, given her immense impact on popular culture, Little Sparrow surely won’t have a shortage of iconic moments. 

Is the trailer out?

We haven’t gotten a trailer, but we will drop it here as soon as it’s released!

There’s no word on the release date yet. 

The release date is still unknown, but the Queen of Pop has been working on her biopic since at least 2021, according to Harper’s Bazaar. As soon as we get word on the picture’s release date, we will be sure to let you know. 

Who is playing Madonna? 

After months of speculation and what essentially felt like the Hunger Games (the contending actresses apparently went through a grueling Madonna boot camp that involved 11-hour dance sessions), we finally know which lucky actress got the part.

The part went to (drumroll, please)… Julia Garner

While landing the Madonna biopic is certainly a hefty role for the resumé, Julia Garner already has several acting credits under her belt. Notably, she’s had main roles on Netflix’s Inventing Anna and Ozark. Those were two high-profile series, and now that she’s starring in a major film, it seems as if there’s nowhere to go but up for Garner. It also helps that Garner’s resemblance to young Madonna is pretty uncanny

Who’s behind the project? 

Unlike most other biopics where the subject is either dead (e.g. Bohemian Rhapsody) or distances themselves from the project (like Mark Zuckerberg did with The Social Network), Madonna is completely taking on her biopic. She’s actually directing the movie herself. In other words, we can likely expect the movie to be a very personal project and dive further than most commercial biopics

In fact, Madonna has been acting since the ’80s and has starred in notable projects such as Desperately Seeking Susan and A League of Their Own, so she definitely knows about the movie industry, And while I must say she’s a pretty good actress, I’m always down for women in director’s chairs. 

The singer also worked on the original script, but she had some help from a notable screenwriter. Diablo Cody, who helped with the first draft, is the Academy-Award winning screenwriter behind movies like Juno, Jennifer’s Body, and Tully. A pattern that often emerges in Cody’s movies is a focus on a strong yet offbeat female protagonist, and given Madonna’s impact on postmodern feminism, this collaboration totally makes sense. 

Thus far, Little Sparrow has a female creative team, which is totally appropriate for a movie about the Queen of Pop. I can’t wait to see where Julia Garner will take the role, and while we don’t have a release date, I’ll just be streaming Madonna’s entire discography until then. 

Viviana Freyer is a National Contributing Writer for Her Campus. She goes to Bryn Mawr College and is set to graduate in 2024. She is pursuing an English and French double major and an Art History minor. Viviana loves Goodreads, Letterboxd, making Spotify playlists, and overanalyzing popular media.