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Madonna’s W.E., starring Abbie Cornish, picked up by The Weinstein Company; set for 2011 release

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 13th, 2011

While it’s been talked about for some time, it looks as though Madonna’s return to the big screen, at least behind the camera, finally has a home.

Variety is reporting that The Weinstein Company has nabbed up the rights to the upcoming film, W.E., Madonna’s follow-up to her debut feature, FILTH AND WISDOM, which hit back in 2008.

The film stars Abbie Cornish, James D’Arcy, and Andrea Riseborough, and is now set for a 2011 release. The project charts the love between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson over the span of sixty years, connecting their story with that of modern day, lonely New Yorker Wally Winthrop (Cornish).

While I wasn’t a fan of FILTH AND WISDOM, this film appears to be something wholly different than that rather uninteresting piece. I genuinely love the film’s cast, and while she hasn’t proven herself to be that gifted of a filmmaker quite yet, this sounds like a perfect project for Madonna to really cut her teeth on. Here’s to hoping that will be the case.

Here’s the synopsis (via The Playlist):

"W.E. tells the story of two fragile but determined women - Wally Winthrop and Wallis Simpson - separated by more than six decades. In 1998, lonely New Yorker Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) is obsessed with what she perceives as the ultimate love story: King Edward’s VIII’s abdication of the British throne for the woman he loved, American divorcée Wallis Simpson. But Wally’s research, including several visits to the Sotheby’s auction of the Windsor Estate, reveals that the couple’s life together was not as perfect as she thought. Weaving back and forth in time, W.E. intertwines Wally’s journey of discovery in New York with the story of Wallis (Andrea Riseborough) and Edward (James D’Arcy), from the glamorous early days of their romance to the slow unraveling of their lives in the decades that followed."

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