Madonna’s “W.E.” Ditches Cannes

The Madonna-directed royal romance drama “W.E.” will not be screening as part of the Festival de Cannes in May as many have speculated says The Hollywood Reporter.

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

The film’s narrative is interweaved with the story of a contemporary American woman named Wally (Abbie Cornish) who becomes fascinated by the Windsor love affair after seeing an exhibition of the Duchess’s valuables at auction in New York, while a highly educated security guard (Oscar Isaac) falls in love with her.

The film is not expected to be completed in time for Cannes and will instead like premiere on the Fall film circuit. Madonna will host a private screening of select footage for foreign distributors attending the European Film Market next month in Berlin.