Madame la director: Madonna va filmer dans le Sud de la France.
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:22 PM on 29th July 2010
She has reinvented herself - and her career - countless times.
So it should probably come as no surprise that even at the age of 51, Madonna is still capable of yet another new look.
Her latest incarnation is as a film director and the original material girl was careful to choose a suitable outfit for the occasion.
Scouting locations in Villefranche-sur-Mer, in the south of France, she donned a black trilby hat, dark clothing and an arty scarf.
She appeared to be taking a very hands-on approach to her second attempt at directing, talking intently with the crew and making emphatic gestures with her hands.
The singer also appeared to be in deep concentration as she inspected a boat shortly before filming scenes for her new movie W.E.
The movie centres on the late British monarch King Edward VIII and his decision to abdicate the throne for his American divorcee lover Wallis Simpson.
Madonna arrived at Nice airport to film key scenes earlier this week and went straight to Villefranche where she took a trip out in the bay on the boat.
The yacht may be stand in for the Nahlin, the Royal yacht which Edward used to take Mrs Simpson on a cruise around eastern Europe after he ascended the throne in 1936.
During the trip, they cavorted with the leaders of several Nazi-supporting countries, drank vast amounts of alcohol and generally made a spectacle of themselves.
Their holiday caused the British government huge embarrassment.
In recent weeks, Madonna has adopted a serious style - perhaps to suit her new role behind the camera.
She has opted for black power suits, leather jackets and trilby hats combined with dressed down tracksuits.
The veteran pop star appeared to be in deep concentration as she inspected a boat shortly before filming scenes for her new movie W.E., which centres on the late British monarch.
Madonna has previously spoken of her fascination with the love affair between Simpson and King Edward VIII.
'I've found that if you bring up King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson at a dinner party or a social gathering, it's like throwing a Molotov cocktail into the room,' she has said.
'Everyone erupts into an argument about who they were. I mean, they were very controversial – and continue to be. So, of course, I'm very attracted to that.
However her passion for the project left her short of an actress earlier this year when Margo Stilley, who was due to play Lady Thelma Furness, quit the project over ‘artistic differences.
‘I had the role, but we had artistic differences,’ Stilley told the Sunday Telegraph.
‘She (Madonna) is really something. I wish the cast luck because they are all really talented."
The film, which stars Abbie Cornish and James D'Arcy, is slated for a 2011 release.
James Fox will play King George V, while Laurence Fox has been cast as his son Bertie, Edward's younger brother.
Madonna's first directorial effort was an 80-minute film called Filth and Wisdom which was released tow years ago.
Source: Mail Online.
She means business: Madonna looks in her element as she talks to director of photography Hagen Bogdanski ahead of filming W.E. in the south of France.
Latest role: She appeared to be talking intently to a number of staff on the deck of the boat.
Titanic moment: Madonna poses in hat, scarf and shades as she surveys the view.
Strike a pose: Madonna was scouting locations in Villefranche-sur-Mer before filming scenes in her new film later today.
Confident: Madonna looked at home as she strode around the boat and clambered up and down the decks.
On set: The yacht may be standing in for the Nahlin, the Royal yacht which Edward used to take Mrs Simpson on a cruise around eastern Europe.
Instructions: Madonna was surrounded by her staff and crew as she got to work.
Power woman: The singer on the boat shortly before filming scenes for the movie.
Great love affair: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor pictured after their marriage in 1937, six months after Edward abdicated the throne.