What would you do to land the role of your dreams in an unprecedented entertainment landscape?
Actress Anne Winters (who most recently appeared as Chloe in Netflix’s "13 Reasons Why") is taking casting into her own hands.
You may have heard a little rumor about a Madonna biopic. In fact, the performer is set to self-direct a movie about her life, produced by Amy Pascal ("Little Women") with Universal and co-written by Diablo Cody ("Juno"). Madonna talked in an Instagram Live video after the news broke earlier this month about what she wants for the film, sharing that she’ll be showing fans "my struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man's world as a woman."
Almost immediately after the biopic was announced, fans took to social media with their ideas of who should be given the honor of playing the role. Miley Cyrus came out hot as a contender, with Paris Jackson and Lady Gaga's names also circulating.
But eyes have been on Emmy-winning "Ozark" actress Julia Garner since Madonna and her manager, Guy Oseary (who’s also on the team to executive produce the film), followed Garner on Instagram.
Of course, the follow could be purely coincidental, but Anne Winters isn’t taking any chances. Since, in her words, the "casting and film business has been whack AF" during COVID-19, she’s "trying a new tactic." For the past few days, Winters has been getting glammed up in Madonna-esque looks and posting them to Instagram in hopes of catching the artist’s eye.
She wrote on Instagram that friends and family are always telling her how much she bears a resemblance to a young Madonna, and since she can act and sing, well, why not?
It seems like Winters found quick success -- she posted a quick clip of herself in a tight gold dress, her hair big and blonde, celebrating that Madonna had followed her. She followed that with a series of photos all dolled up in a perfect personification of the Material Girl herself, tagging Madonna and writing that she wants a meeting.
Winters has the look -- let’s hope, if cast, she has the vocal and acting chops to back it up.