Ewan McGregor’s Questionable Taste in Roles Continues with Madonna Flick

We loved early Ewan McGregor in films like Velvet Goldmine and Trainspotting, but in recent years, it’s hard to overlook his decision to appear in such fine films as the Star Wars prequels, Angels & Demons and Amelia. Now, he’s joined the cast of a Madonna-helmed period flick, and we’re a little scared.

While the cast of the upcoming film, W.E., also includes the lovely and talented Vera Farmiga and Abbie Cornish, it’s the concept and structure that induce fear. Madonna is following up her directorial debut, the major non-success Filth and Wisdom, with a dual narrative, ala Julie and Julia, set in both the early twentieth century and contemporary times. McGregor will play King Edward VIII, the British monarch who famously abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry an American socialite, Wallis Simpson played by Farmiga. Meanwhile, Cornish will play the lead — a chick with romantic problems of her own and an obsession with Simpson’s life story — in the other narrative, set in the present. A hard-to-pull-off dual narrative structure, a period setting, British monarchy, history… it all seems like a bit of an overreach for Madge’s freakily-toned arms.

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