Madonna's film W.E. picked up by Weinstein

The Weinstein Company, which produced The King's Speech, has now acquired the film rights for W.E. directed by Madonna, a love story that spans 60 years and revolves around the romance of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII. The film stars plenty of familiar faces: Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D'arcy, Oscar Isaac, Richard Coyle, James Fox, Laurence Fox, Natalie Dormer, Judy Parfitt and Geoffrey Palmer. Madonna's daughter Lola is also in the cast as the younger counterpart of Cornish's character.

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W.E. is about the nature of true love, and the sacrifices and compromises that are often made,” Madonna said in a press release. I’ve wanted to tell this story for a very long time, and bringing it to life has been a great adventure for me. I’m looking forward to working with Harvey [Weinstein] and The Weinstein Company on this film.

For his part, Weinstein teases that moviegoers should look forward to seeing what Madonna has to offer: “Madonna has really come into her own as a filmmaker with W.E. … She’s taken one of the most famous romances of the 20th century and brought it to life in a smart, sexy and thoroughly modern way. It’s a terrific addition to our U.S. release slate.”

Left: Andrea Riseborough on set with Madonna
Right: Abbie Cornish as Wally Winthrop



  1. Madonna the director.. after her "Filth and Wisdom" no, thanks..

  2. I'll definitely be passing on this one, knowing that Madonna will most certainly glamorize the W-E relationship. Although many films do the same to one extent or another (The King's Speech was a notable exception), the reality at the time was completely the opposite. Mrs. Simpson was unfaithful to her husband and King Edward was unfaithful to his country. Really a bizarre, sad affair all the way around.

  3. I'm leary of this one too. From the outset, I've heard of Madonna's fascination with Simpson and Edward and expect that she will put a spin on it.

  4. I think this story has been done too many times and it is tiresome. I don't like their story it is unromantic and very tragic and sad. She was unfaithful to him and it seems stopped loving him at a point and constantly hurting him. I also agree he was unfaithful to his country and I was glad his brother stepped in. I think his brother made an excellent king. I still have to check out The King's Speech good to hear they did not romanticize the story. There are so many other great historical stories out there I don't know why they keep coming back to this one.



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