W.E. - update on Madonna's take on Wallis & Edward

I presume W. E. stands for both Wallis & Edward and Wally & Evgeni, the two love stories that are featured in Madonna's upcoming film.

Sounds like this film will have a definite slant, one that has been described already as blurring fact and fiction. Alastair Bruce, who was the historical advisor for Downton Abbey, reportedly turned Madonna down as an advisor for her film since he felt uncomfortable with the inaccuracies of the script. It sounds like Madonna is set on glorifying Wallis Simpson, a person she's been fascinated with for some time, and in vilifying Queen Elizabeth, wife of King George VI.

From Daily Mail:
One source close to the project said: ‘The portrayal is so far removed from reality they’re almost unrecognisable to anyone who knows the facts. The film may work as entertainment but it certainly doesn’t work as history.’

Natalie Dormer has said of her role, "This country tends to remember the Queen Mother as a rather wrinkly 97 year-old, but I am playing her when she was quite an enchanting, engaging twenty and thirtysomething. She was quite a savage and savvy game player." [Hollywoodnews.com]


Natalie Dormer (The Tudors) will be portraying Queen Elizabeth


Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson
Photo: Charles Ruby/WENN.com

Hmmm, I'm not feeling very enchanted or serene about this film...

4 comments:

  1. I think it's just hysterical that people are in a snit about this moving not being historically accurate. A movie about a historical event/person not being historically accurate? GOLLY! I'm SHOCKED! SHOCKED, do you hear? At least I will be when I stop giggling...

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  2. How wonderful all these films,
    Unfortunately here in Italy have
    very few.
    I'd like to see them all!
    Congratulations for your blog
    very very very interesting.
    Thanks Susy

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  3. Anon,
    while I think that we would all acknowledge that historical dramas are never 100% accurate, I would say it's the degree of inaccuracy with this adaptation that's being challenged.

    Susy,
    Thanks! Sorry that you don't have access to as many period dramas in Italy!

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  4. I'm interested because I think Madonna is a genius and I love this period and family and I know so little about this Wallis and am intrigued by her. So, personally I can't wait!!

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