Madonna wrapped production on “W.E.,” her second directorial effort, in October, and now reports are suggesting she’s looking to premiere the movie at the Venice Film Festival, which takes place from August 31 to September 10.
The film’s co-star, Abbie Cornish, not only confirmed the possibility of a Venice debut to MTV News, but also revealed the mysterious role Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes, will be playing.
“I heard yesterday,” Cornish told us about Venice, while promoting her upcoming thriller, “Limitless.”
“That’d be amazing.”
“W.E” follows a “Julie & Julia”-esque dual story line, one featuring Cornish as a contemporary woman obsessed with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and another focusing on the royal couple itself. News that Lourdes would appear in a small role surfaced last fall, when photos of the teen in a schoolgirl’s uniform popped up online, but until now the nature of her part was unclear. Cornish’s character, it turns out, has a deep connection to that of Lourdes.
“She actually plays a younger version of my character,” Cornish said, adding that because they portray the same person, they never got to share actual screen time. “She’s a super-cute, younger version of my character.”
“W.E.” marks Madonna’s second feature following “Filth and Wisdom,” which hit only a handful of theaters in 2008. The new project, the pop star turned filmmaker said last year, has been an obsession of hers even before “Filth and Wisdom” and took her two-and-a-half years to write. “I made ’Filth and Wisdom’ because I realized that I didn’t really have a right to make a bigger film until I made a smaller film — and learned how to make a film,” she said.
According to Cornish, though, the Queen of Pop is a born filmmaker. “Madonna is a natural director,” the actress told us. “It’s in her nature. She’s a Leo and she really represents the Leos very well. She’s a very smart woman, very well read. She really absorbs a lot about whatever she’s involved in. I think she really loves learning. It was interesting to see her evolve throughout the filmmaking process. She’s such a cool woman.”
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