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Kristen Stewart has a Princess Diana moment on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival

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Kristen Stewart debuted her Princess Diana biopic Spencer to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival last night, and inadvertently recreated an iconic Diana moment on the red carpet.

The 31-year-old actress arrived at the premiere with a new strawberry blonde hairstyle and looked chic in a mint-green Chanel number, with one striking photograph of the star capturing the sun shining through her tunic, which evoked the now-famous image of a young Diana Spencer in a similar stance back in 1980.

Photo credit: Stephane Cardinale - Corbis - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stephane Cardinale - Corbis - Getty Images
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Photo credit: Mirrorpix - Getty Images

At the time, Diana was just 19 years old and working at a nursery in London's Pimlico, while her courtship with Prince Charles was being highly-publicised.

Meanwhile, critics have declared Stewart's performance as the late princess as "incandescent" and "mesmerising", with the The Telegraph tipping her for success during awards season next year.

Deadline's glowing review read: "I can't say enough about Stewart's performance, steering from an impression of an impossibly well-chronicled figure to beautifully achieving the essence of who she was.

"It is a bracing, bitter, moving, and altogether stunning turn, taking Diana down roads we have not seen played out quite like in this mesmerising portrayal."

The New York Times suggests that Stewart's casting was like "a meta stroke of genius", as she "is one of the few people on the planet who has known paparazzi scrutiny that is even somewhat comparable to the fusillade of flashbulbs that hounded Diana until her death".

The Hollywood Reporter's review added: "She's [Stewart] jittery, brittle, often abrasively defensive and yet deeply vulnerable in a film that puts her through a psychological wringer with shadings of outright horror. This is a long way from the more decorous treatment of Netflix's The Crown."

The eagerly-anticipated film, which is directed by Jackie's Pablo Larraín and written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, focuses on one weekend in the life of the late princess when she decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.

The synopsis states: "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."

Spencer will be released in cinemas on Friday, 5th November 2021.

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