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 has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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