W.E. - Wallis and Edward film?

Madonna has plans to direct a movie (currently referred to as W.E.) about King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson based on a script she has written with the help of Alex Keshishian.

"The synopsis of W.E. states that Wally was 'named for her grandmother's passion' and there are fantasy and flashback scenes involving Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson who, after the Abdication, were styled the Duke and Duchess of Windsor."

Apparently the main character of the film is a woman named Wally Winthrop, who is the granddaughter of Wallis Simpson-- maybe-- who falls in love with a security guard at an auction for items belonging to the Duchess of Windsor. It's also about the Duke and Duchess themselves, of course, in extensive flashback scenes.

Some articles have indicated that Madonna would be playing the role of Simpson but other articles mention that Madonna will only be behind the camera. So far no one's been cast but Vera Farminga is one actress mentioned in talks to play Wallis.

Update on March 23: Abbie Cornish is slated to play Wally Winthrop and it looks like Vera Farminga is on board. Ewan McGregor's name has now been mentioned for the role of Edward VIII. (Screendaily)

Update May 29: Farminga and McGregor no longer attached to film. Andrea Riseborough to replace Farminga? [slashfilm]

>Comingsoon.net
>Guardian article

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