Kristen Stewart has been cast as Princess Diana in a new film

Abigail Malbon
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From Cosmopolitan

In huge news, a new film about Princess Diana's life is in the works - and Kristen Stewart is set to play the lead role.

Spencer has been written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and covers a critical weekend in the early ‘90s when Diana decided her marriage to Prince Charles wasn’t working.

The movie will be based on one of her final Christmas holidays in the couple's Sandringham home, and Director Pablo Larrain told Deadline: "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 realises that she wants to be the woman she was before she met Charles."

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It's not the first film based on Diana's life, but for those awaiting the Diana years on The Crown, it will surely be welcome. And while some have questioned the casting of Twilight actress Kristen, Larrain defended it, saying: "Kristin can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile an ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need,"

Twitter has mixed thoughts about the news. While some are excited by the idea of a Diana film, others aren't so sure about Kristen in the lead role, calling for a British actress to take the part.

However, this thread is a pretty convincing case for Kristen:

Spencer is set to start shooting early next year, so while we may have to wait a while, we'll definitely be first in the queue to watch.

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