The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it will release Madonna's W.E. on December 9, 2011 in New York and Los Angeles. The film will expand to additional markets in December, with wide release anticipated by mid-January. Madonna's narrative feature directorial debut, W.E. is co-written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian, produced by Madonna and Kris Thykier and executive produced by Scott Franklin (Black Swan). It stars Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Andrea Riseborough (Never Let Me Go), James D'Arcy (Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World), Oscar Isaac (Drive), Natalie Dormer (The Tudors), Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), James Fox (Sherlock Holmes) and Laurence Fox (Inspector Lewis). The announcement was made by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and TWC President of Theatrical Distribution and Home Entertainment Erik Lomis.
"Madonna beautifully interweaves past and present in W.E. It's a very smart film, and a stunning feature directorial debut," said Weinstein. "I'm incredibly excited about this movie and I wanted to give it a prominent release date."
Madonna is represented by CAA and managed by Untitled Entertainment.
W.E. looks at the fabled romance between American Wallis Simpson and Britain's King Edward VIII, who famously gave up the throne to marry the woman he loved. More than six decades later, their story enthralls a young woman named Wally Winthrop, who thinks she sees in their devotion a stark contrast to her own unhappy marriage - and an example to follow as she searches for the meaning of true love. The cast features Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy, Oscar Isaac.