Can't act, so Material Girl takes the director's chair
It must annoy someone as successful as Madonna to have one area of her life in which she has consistently failed.
I'm not talking about relationships, but about her film career, which has been a bit of a car crash from the very start. Shanghai Surprise, Who's That Girl, Dick Tracy, Body of Evidence and Guy Ritchie's Swept Away are among her more spectacular on-screen disasters, but Madonna is not the type to be put off by a spot of adversity.
Last year she announced her intention to star as Wallis Simpson in a forthcoming film about her adventures with King Edward VIII, who famously abdicated in 1936 to marry the American divorcee.
But it's now emerged that she does not intend to appear in the film at all, and instead will merely write and direct the project, which has been tentatively entitled WE. The fact that Madonna has decided not to star in the film suggests she has finally learned her lesson about acting. But as a first-time director and writer, she'll certainly have her work cut out.
However, Madonna has a point to prove, and I certainly wouldn't want to be the one who stands in her way. Vera Farmiga is apparently in talks to play Mrs Simpson, and the film is due to go into production later this year.