Kristen Stewart on the 'spooky' part of playing Princess Diana

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Fans are so excited about Kristen Stewart at Princess Diana in the upcoming film Spencer. The hotly anticipated biopic is set to tell the story of one specific weekend in Diana's life and is released later this year. Here's everything we know.

What have the cast said about Spencer?

Kristen Stewart opened up about the experience putting on a nearly identical replica of Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress, and described it as "spooky."

“Putting that on was a spooky day,” the 31-year-old told Entertainment Tonight. "Even though I play her as a speculatively 29, 30-year-old person, we still wanted to give a taste of the scope of her life," the actress shared. "Kind of touch on every part."

Do we have a trailer for Spencer yet?

Yes! The first trailer was released on 27th August, and shows a snapshot of the film spread over 80 seconds. We also get to hear Kristen Stewart's British accent for the first time, as well as scenes of her in character as Diana, dancing and running, as well as chatting to one of her sons. Watch it above.

A second trailer then dropped on 23rd September, and briefly gives an insight into Queen Elizabeth and Diana's strained relationship, as well as our first look Camilla Parker-Bowles. There's also a fair few clips of Prince Harry and Prince William as children, and a lot of amazing outfits.

A new teaser picture of Kristen in character was also released on 25 August:

What's Spencer going to be about?

The film will focus on one weekend in Princess Diana's life. As she spends her Christmas holiday with the rest of the royal family at Sandringham and comes to the decision that she must end her marriage to Prince Charles.

The official synopsis reads:

"December, 1991: The Prince and Princess of Wales' marriage has long since grown cold. Though rumours of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at Sandringham Estate. There's eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. This year, things will be a whole lot different."

Photo credit: Komplizen Film
Photo credit: Komplizen Film

Stewart, who will play the lead role, said of the film, "Spencer is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life. It is a physical assertion of the sum of her parts, which starts with her given name; Spencer. It is a harrowing effort for her to return to herself, as Diana strives to hold onto what the name Spencer means to her."

On 25th March, a photo of Kristen as Diana was released:

Photo credit: FilmNation Entertainment / STXinternational
Photo credit: FilmNation Entertainment / STXinternational

Who has been cast in Spencer?

Alongside Stewart as Diana, Spencer will star Sally Hawkins (Paddington), Timothy Spall (Harry Potter) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible - Fallout). On 25 March, it was also revealed that Jack Farthing from Poldark will play Prince Charles.

Behind the camera, Spencer will be directed by Pablo Larraín (Jackie) and written by Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight.

When is Spencer being released?

Filming took place in Germany and the UK throughout 2021, with the film set for release on 5 November 2021.

2022 marks the 25th anniversary of Diana’s death.


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