W.E., Madonna’s directorial debut, will get its UK and Ireland release on Friday 20th January 2012, STUDIOCANAL has confirmed.
Set against the backdrop of the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, later the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the film tells of a search for true love in the modern world.
The year is 1998, and Manhattan is abuzz with anticipation about the upcoming auction of the Windsors’ estate.
But the auction is far more than a diversion for Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish), a transplanted Southerner trapped in an unhappy and abusive marriage.
Transfixed by the exquisite artefacts of the Windsors’ lives, Wally becomes obsessed with the couple’s story. As she learns more about the sacrifices Wallis made in choosing to be with Edward, Wally finds the courage to follow her own heart and create her own happiness.
The film stars Andrea Riseborough (Brighton Rock, Made in Dagenham), James d’Arcy (Master and Commander), Oscar Isaac (Drive, Robin Hood), Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia), Laurence Fox (‘Lewis’, Becoming Jane), Natalie Dormer (Captain America: The First Avenger) and James Fox (Sherlock Holmes).