Considering how iconic–and tragic–Princess Diana remains, it’s surprising that we haven’t seen that many movies about her. It would seem like her story is begging to be told in a glossy biopic, not just a docudrama or a small role in The Crown.
Diana fans are finally getting their big-budget Hollywood film. But will they be happy about the actress chosen to portray her on the big screen?
What We Know About ‘Spencer’ So Far
The new film about Diana focuses on just three days of her life. It is set in late 1992 at Sandringham, the estate where the Royal Family traditionally spends Christmas together. Between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, Diana admits that her marriage is essentially over and decides to file for divorce.
“We decided to get into a story about identity, and around how a woman decides somehow, not to be the queen. She’s a woman who, in the journey of the movie, decides and realizes that she wants to be the woman she was before she met Charles,” the director said of his film.
Chilean-born director Pablo Larraín has already made one film about an iconic woman: Jackie, starring Natalie Portman. British screenwriter Steven Knight is best known as the creator of Peaky Blinders. And the film’s star needs no introduction–it’s Kristen Stewart!
Kristen Stewart, Really?
Controversial opinion time: Kristen Stewart is an underrated actress. In America, she’s almost exclusively associated with her role as Bella Swan in Twilight, as well as the real-life drama surrounding her relationship with Robert Pattinson.
Since then, however, she has built up a body of smaller, independent dramas. Sure, she has a ton of MTV Movie Awards and Teen Choice Awards on the shelf from Twilight. But did you know she also has a Cesar Award for best supporting actress? That’s basically a French Oscar.
If you look past the hair and the attitude, Diana and Kristen actually share some facial similarities. But can she do an uppercrust British accent? Only time will tell.
Director Larraín said of his star, “To do this well, you need something very important in film, which is mystery. Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile an ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need.”
Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing Spencer on the big screen anytime soon. The film is set to go into production no earlier than 2021. The filmmakers are also still looking for US distributors, but it will be shopped at the “virtual Cannes Market” being held in lieu of the annual French festival this year.