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Emma Laird, Florence Pugh, and Julia Garner are among the leading contenders for the role of Queen of Pop. Photographs by Getty Images

Actresses interested in playing Madonna in a biopic must go through a “gruelling” training camp, according to a source.

The hunt for Madonna has begun.

A biopic based on the Queen of Pop’s life is presented in the works, with a plethora of young actors vying for the coveted part.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the women at the top of the shortlist include “Inventing Anna” heroine Julia Garner, “Black Widow” star Florence Pugh, “Euphoria” breakout Alexa Demie, indie queen Odessa Young, singers Bebe Rexha and Sky Ferreira, and “Mayor of Kingstown” actor Emma Laird.

According to sources, candidates must go through a “gruelling” audition procedure with casting director Carmen Cuba, as well as a “Madonna boot camp,” which includes intensive choreography training sessions lasting up to 11 hours a day with Madonna’s choreographer and the pop star herself.

The actresses must undertake readings with Madonna, 63, as well as singing auditions for the callback round of the process.

“You have to be able to do everything,” said another source. According to reports, the film will include footage from the “Material Girl” singer’s 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, although this might change because the narrative is still being prepared.

Last October, Madonna appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and discussed why she decided to film a documentary on her remarkable career. “I’m doing it because a lot of people have attempted to create movies about me, but they’re usually males,” she explained.

In 2016, Brett Ratner’s RatPac and Michael De Luca were attached to make a film on the superstar named “Blonde Ambition,” with Brett Ratner’s RatPac and Michael De Luca attached to produce it for Universal.

Madonna revealed in 2020 that she will direct and co-write the biography with “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody. However, the Oscar winner has stepped out from writing the film, and Erin Cressida Wilson has now joined the team.

As part of the bidding process, Florence Pugh and other actresses supposedly in the running are forced to attend a "Madonna boot camp." JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX

As part of the bidding process, Florence Pugh and other actresses supposedly in the running are forced to attend a “Madonna boot camp.”
JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX

At the time, she discussed the film on Instagram Live, stating, “It is my battle as an artist… Trying to survive as a woman in a man’s world. And truly, it’s simply been a journey that’s been joyful, sad, furious, crazy, good, awful, and ugly.”

The mother of six previously directed and co-wrote the 2011 drama “W.E,” which followed the life and marriage of Wallis Simpson to King Edward VIII.

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