Madonna to play Wallis Simpson in movie

February 16th, 2009 - 1:05 pm ICT by IANS  

MadonnaLondon, Feb 16 (IANS) Pop superstar Madonna, whose relationship with a much younger Brazilian model is perceived as a publicity stunt, is set to play Wallis Simpson, the commoner American divorcee for whom Britain’s Edward VIII gave up his throne.

Madonna wanted to play Simpson after she became interested in her story, thesun.co.uk reports. Madonna has supposedly even covered a wall in her London home with articles about Simpson and has even written to the Queen, who is the late Edward’s niece, for permission to make the movie.

Madonna had put aside the plans for a while when she was going through her divorce from Guy Ritchie.

A friend of hers said: “Madonna sees Wallis Simpson as her next big film project. She is as passionate about it as she was about playing Eva Peron in ‘Evita’. Madonna said she is fascinated about this American commoner who refused to conform or offer explanations for her tangled love life. It was all systems go until the divorce, when everything was put on the back-burner. When things in her life settle down this year, she’s keen to get things going again.”

Edward had abdicated the throne after his marriage with Simpson created a scandal. Explaining this, he had said in a radio broadcast: “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility as king without the help and support of the woman I love.”

On Madonna’s relationship with the much younger Brazilian model, a source said: “It’s a classic Madge publicity stunt but suits both parties well. Despite her advancing years, she looks like she’s still got what it takes to pull a 22-year-old. And Jesus is getting a boost of publicity as well. Everyone’s a winner.”

The two met recently and Madonna even took him to the Kabbalah centre in New York with her chidren, reports mirror.co.uk.

A source said: “Guy saw the pictures of her and Jesus together and laughed out loud. He sees it as another publicity exercise. Taking Jesus to Kaballah is a masterstroke as she always historically introduces her lovers to the religion. It’s just Madonna for you. She loves being the centre of attention. You would have thought she’d grown tired of it by now.”

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