Le distributeur anglais Optimum: Sortie de 'W.E." de Madonna en 2012.
Her Madge pulls royal movie out of Cannes as soundtrack isn't ready yet
By Katie Nicholl
Last updated at 2:40 AM on 15th May 2011
There was a notable absence on the Croisette this year – Madonna.
The superstar had hoped to premiere her eagerly awaited movie W.E at the film festival this week, but screenings have been put on ice because the project is still not finished.
Madonna, 52, had wanted to showcase her film, about King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson, but she is still making finishing touches to the soundtrack and there are three weeks more of post production to complete before the film is ready to be screened to an international audience.
‘It was hoped that Madonna would be the star of this year’s Cannes,’ says a source at the festival.
‘But the film isn’t ready. While the movie’s distributors will attend the festival, they will preview select cuts to buyers at private screenings instead of showing the entire feature.’
The movie is the singer’s first big-budget directorial role.
She has secured backing from Indian billionaire Anil Ambani’s IM Global film financiers and an insider who has seen the rushes says: ‘The movie is actually rather good.’
Madonna is desperate for W.E to resurrect her ailing film career.
She signed up Newcastle-born actress Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson and James D’Arcy as Edward.
Bafta winner James Fox plays King George V, Natalie Dormer is the young Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon while Laurence Fox plays Bertie, Edward’s younger brother and the future King George VI.
Madonna’s 14-year-old daughter Lourdes has a cameo role.
The film was shot on location in the South of France last July, and in London and New York.
‘Madonna is 100 per cent focused on ensuring that the film is perfect. She has been in London’s Abbey Road studios working on the soundtrack with producer William Orbit,’ says the source.
‘They are now looking towards a London premiere later this year or early 2012 – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year – which Madonna hopes will allow them to capitalise on its British Royal theme.’
A spokesman for Optimum Releasing, the film’s UK distributor, said: ‘The film was not due to be shown in Cannes. It is in post production and will now be released early next year.’
Source: Mail Online.