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Kristen Stewart to play Princess Diana

The Twilight star is set to bring The People's Princess to life on the big screen.

JUNE 17th, 2020

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risten Stewart is set to play Princess Diana in an upcoming biopic, it has been revealed. Titled Spencer, the movie will take place over three critical days in the late-princesses life as she grapples with her fracturing marriage to Prince Charles. The movie will be directed by Pablo Larraín and is expected to be a hot favourite amongst the virtual Cannes market – where the movie package is likely to be presented.

Whilst fans will be interested in the project, it could be some time before audiences will be allowed to see whether Stewart’s performance lives up to inevitably high expectations, as the movie is scheduled to start filming in 2021.

Princess Diana with Prince William at her last Christmas in Sandringham - © Getty Images

Alongside directing the film, Larraín will also take the role of producer and although he admitted to never having much interest in the Charles/Diana marriage saga, he can understand the intrigue of a fairy tale gone wrong.

“We all grew up, at least I did in my generation, reading and understanding what a fairy tale is,” Larraín told Deadline. “Usually, the prince comes and finds the princess, invites her to become his wife and eventually she becomes queen. That is the fairy tale. When someone decides not to be the queen, and says, I’d rather go and be myself, it’s a big, big decision, a fairy tale upside down. I’ve always been very surprised by that and thought it must have been very hard to do. That is the heart of the movie.”

“How and why do you decide to do that? It’s a great universal story that can reach millions and millions of people, and that’s what we want to do. We want to make a movie that goes wide, connects with a worldwide audience that is interested in such a fascinating life.”

For some, Kristen Stewart will be an unlikely choice to play “The People’s Princess”, though the casting could be intriguing for others. The star who found universal fame in the movie franchise The Twilight Saga, has had her own experiences with the press and paparazzi. In recent years she has successfully managed to shed her Bella Swan persona and become an extremely exciting actress, with a unique and diverse CV to say the least. It could be a genius move for such an unlikely role to fall at the feet of one of Hollywood’s most unpredictable actresses.

According to Larraín, Spencer will take place over Diana’s final Christmas as a member of the Royal Family, in where she allegedly decided once and for all that her marriage was over. Described as a pinnacle moment in the Princess’ life, the story will examine the fracturing relationship with Prince Charles and her unyielding love for her two sons, Princes William and Harry.

Kristen Stewart starring as Bella Swan in Twilight - © Summit Entertainment

There will be no reference to Diana’s tragic death, as Larraín explains: “She died years after where our story is set and so we don’t deal with that. It’s only three days of her life and in that very small amount of time, you’re able to get into a wider, bigger perspective of who she was. We all know her fate, what happened to her, and we don’t need to go there. We’ll stay in this more intimate space where she could express where she wants to go and who she wants to be.”

The acclaimed director who brought the well-received movie Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, to the screen has high hopes for the project, believing that the inclusion of Diana’s continuing fame would spark global interest.

“We believe that this is a movie that could create interest around the planet,”Larraín said. “This is a beloved, iconic women and we have everything in front of us to do a beautiful movie and we are working very hard to get it made.”

No release date has been set, though with expectations that the movie will begin production early next year, fans will be eager to see Diana on the screen once again – more so after the poorly received 2013 movie Diana starring Naomi Watts as the late-princess.

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