W.E, Madonna‘s second film as a director, just got picked up for American distribution by The Weinstein Company. That’s right, her second movie as director. The first one was 2008’s Filth and Wisdom. It starred Eugene Hutz of the band Gogol Bordello. Maybe you remember not going to see it.
Anyway, this new one stands a better shot. It’s about a young New Yorker named Wally, played by Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch), who’s obsessed with the relationship between King Edward VII (played by Brit actor James D’arcy) and the divorced American he abdicated the crown for, Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough). Now, if you don’t know those names it’s because you a) never paid attention to your anglophilic high school history teacher or b) you didn’t see The King’s Speech, where they were secondary, plot-advancing characters whose inappropriate need to wed necessitated Colin Firth’s inspirational F-word-intensive therapy or c) you also failed to watch that episode of Glee where Gwyneth Paltrow impersonates her. (“They called me a hermaphrodite and I wasn’t. They called me a Nazi sympahtizer and I was.”)
More details: Madonna doesn’t appear in the film. Her daughter Lourdes–billed as Lola Leon–does. Now you’re stoked to see it.