WATCH: Madonna Retells Edward VIII’s Affair With Wallis Simpson

Andrea Riseborough and James D'Arcy in 'W.E.'

No stranger to scandal herself, you can see why Madonna chose the story of Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson as the topic of her second directorial offering W.E.. Setting the tone a world away from The King’s Speech, although clearly with a lot of the same certainties and ceremonies, her first (and possibly only) act of genius is to bring in James D’Arcy to play the king like a lovestruck Voldemort.

Here’s the trailer:

“I think it’s important to tell the story from her point of view,” “the whole world turned against her but she never backed down”.. is Abbie Cornish just reading from Madonna’s production notes?


Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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