Madonna Helms Royal Abdication Drama

Madonna will direct the period piece “W.E.” about King Edward VIII’s abdication reports Variety.

Madonna will co-write the script with Alex Keshishian (“Truth or Dare”) about the British royal’s romance with twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson and his abdication in December 1936 to marry her, causing a massive constitutional crisis throughout the Commonwealth.

George VI, Edward’s brother father of Elizabeth II, took over the British monarchy and reinstalled the couple as Duke and Duchess of Windsor six months later.

Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “Orphan”) is in talks for the role of Simpson, Edward is not yet cast. Colin Vaines and David Parfitt are producing.