Madonna To Direct Film About King Edward, Wallis Simpson Affair

Vera Farmiga reportedly interested in role of American socialite Simpson.

[artist id="1098"]Madonna[/artist] wants to make a movie. The pop superstar will direct “W.E.,” a biopic focused on the love affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, Variety reports. The real-life couple caused quite a stir in 1936, when Edward’s decision to marry the American socialite led him to abdicate the British throne.

No casting has been announced yet, but the report reveals that “Up in the Air” star Vera Farmiga is interested in the Simpson role. Madonna, whose acting credits include “A League of Their Own,” “Who’s That Girl?” and “Swept Away,” will write the script with Alec Keshishian, who was her director for the 1991 tour documentary “Madonna: Truth or Dare.” There’s no word on whether the pop star intends to take a role in the movie as well.

This will be Madonna’s second time behind the lens. She previously wrote and directed the 2008 indie “Filth and Wisdom,” which premiered that year at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film, which stars Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hütz, did not fare well with critics, with a rating of just 28 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Farmiga, who picked up a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination earlier this month for her work in “Up in the Air,” will be seen later this year in “Henry’s Crime.” She’ll star alongside Keanu Reeves in the romantic comedy about a man who is wrongfully imprisoned. “W.E.” could work out well for her provided the script is strong, but Farmiga’s participation would undoubtedly give Madonna’s flick a much-needed PR boost.

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