Poldark star cast as Prince Charles in Kristen Stewart's Princess Diana film Spencer

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: Courtesy of Focus Features
Photo credit: Courtesy of Focus Features

From Good Housekeeping

Poldark's Jack Farthing has been cast as Prince Charles opposite Kristen Stewart's Princess Diana in upcoming biopic Spencer.

The 35-year-old actor played the villainous George Warleggan in hit BBC One period drama set in Cornwall from 2015 to 2019.

He joins Stewart in the film, written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, which centres on one weekend in the life of the late princess, as she spends the Christmas holiday with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, and finally decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles. The film studio Focus Features also released a new image of Stewart as Princess Diana.

Photo credit: ISABEL INFANTES - Getty Images
Photo credit: ISABEL INFANTES - Getty Images

"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," a press release for the film sets the scene. "There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. This year, things will be a whole lot different."

The cast also includes acclaimed British actress Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Timothy Spall (Mr Turner, Harry Potter) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible - Fallout).

Jackie's Pablo Larraín will direct, and recently told Deadline: "We all grew up, at least I did in my generation, reading and understanding what a fairy tale is. 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."

Shooting in the UK is currently underway, and the film is expected to be released in the autumn.

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