By Jeff Labrecque
June 29, 2011 at 07:33 PM EDT

The Weinstein Company will release Madonna’s W.E. in the heart of Oscar season on Dec. 9, the company announced today. The movie, which tells the story of two romances, one being between Britain’s King Edward VIII and American Wallis Simpson, will open initially in just New York and Los Angeles before a wider release in mid-January.

Madonna directed, produced, and co-wrote the film, and the cast features Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D’Arcy, and Oscar Isaac. “Madonna beautifully interweaves past and present in W.E. It’s a very smart film, and a stunning feature directorial debut,” said Harvey Weinstein, in a statement. “I’m incredibly excited about this movie and I wanted to give it a prominent release date.”

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