Madonna's new film will get its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

The 52-year-old singer has directed new movie 'W.E.' - a two-tier tale about Britain's King Edward VIII's relationship with American Wallis Simpson and a modern story regarding a woman called Wally Simpson - and the full feature will be shown to critics and audiences at the Venice Lido during the September event.

The film stars Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough and Laurence Fox, while 14-year-old daughter Lourdes has been given a cameo role.

All the stars are expected to descend on the Italian city for the premiere, according to The Daily Mail

Madonna - whose only other directing credit is 2008's 'Filth and Wisdom', which starred Richard E. Grant and Eugene Hutz - showed a few scenes from the film at last month's Berlin Film Festival in a bid to pick up distributors.

Last year, Madonna said she had put her music career on hold so she could concentrate on her family life and the movie.

The mother-of-four said: "I haven't really been focused as much as I should be on the music part of my career, because the movie has consumed every inch of me.

"Between that and my four children, I don't have the time or energy for anything else."