After her disastrous role in Swept Away, many people wrote off Madonna’s film career. But the Material Girl is changing people’s minds with her second directorial effort, W.E. The film stars Abbie Cornish as a woman in 1998 infatuated with the 1930s marriage of King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson, which ultimately led to Edward’s abdication (the whole reason for the movie The King’s Speech).
Harvey Weinstein recently acquired W.E. and is releasing the film in December–right in time for awards season. Many are speculating that Madonna’s film may actually be a contender in the Oscar race. “Madonna has really come into her own as a filmmaker with W.E.,” Weinstein said in a statement. “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.”
The much-buzzed film will debut at the Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31 – September 10. Canadian movie lovers will get a chance to see the film in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 8-18. – Regan Reid