When it comes to film and television adaptations of Princess Diana, Twilight's Kristen Stewart is arguably not the first person you're going to think of (partly because, she's not British). But, the actress has been cast as the late royal for an upcoming new biopic.
Deadline announced that Stewart will depict the People's Princess in the new Pablo Larraín–directed drama, Spencer. Larraín is well-known for his work on Jackie, the Jackie Kennedy biopic starring Natalie Portman.
The film “covers a critical weekend in the early ’90s, when Diana decided her marriage to Prince Charles wasn’t working, and that she needed to veer from a path that put her in line to one day be queen," the publication explained. "The drama takes place over three days, in one of her final Christmas holidays in the House of Windsor in their Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England.”
According to Deadline
, the film will not delve into Princess Diana’s death in 1997 but will focus more on her relationship with Prince Charles and her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
“Kristen is one of the great actors around today,” Larraín told Deadline. “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 and 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.”
“I’ve seen movies from Kristen that are so diverse, it’s incredible, showing different layers and her diversity and strength as an actress," he continued. "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.”
The film is set to start production in 2021.