Kristen Stewart has signed up to play Princess Diana in a new biopic.
The film, titled Spencer, will take place over one specific weekend in the early Nineties - when the late royal decided that her marriage to Prince Charles was no longer working, during one of her final Christmas holidays with the royal family at their Sandringham estate.
It will be directed by Chilean director Pablo Larraín, known for his work on the critically acclaimed 2016 Jackie Kennedy biopic, Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.
“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.”
The director explained that Stewart was ultimately chosen for the role thanks to her ability to be equally fragile and strong - with an air of mystery.
“Kristen is one of the great actors around today,” he said. “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. The combination of those elements made me think of her. The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it’s very beautiful to see. I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature."
He continued: “I’ve seen movies from Kristen that are so diverse it’s incredible, showing different layers and her diversity and strength as an actress. We’re very happy to have her, she’s very committed. As a filmmaker, when you have someone who can hold such a weight, dramatic and narrative weight just with her eyes, then you have the strong lead who can deliver what we are looking for.”
Production on Spencer is due to begin in early 2021.
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