The producers of Pablo Larraín Spencer’s upcoming drama have released the first look at Twilight, featuring Kristen Stewart, star of Charlie’s Angels, as Princess Diana. Wearing a red coat, a black hat and a veil, Stewart inexplicably resembles a popular princess. Filmmaker Jackie Pablo Larraín will direct Spencer based on a screenplay by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Rather than a straightforward biopic about Princess Diana, Spencer will follow a critical weekend in the early ’90s when Diana decided her marriage to Prince Charles wasn’t working.
The drama takes place over three days during one of her last Christmas holidays at Windsor House, on her Sandringham estate, and shows Diana straying from the path that would once make her queen. The film will also feature Prince Charles and Diana and their two children, Prince William and Prince Harry, but it is not yet known who will play these roles.
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We know that Diana and Charles were married in 1981 and divorced in 1996. The sordid details of their relationship are widely reported. Fleeing her royal duties, the former Princess of Wales was killed in a devastating car crash in Paris in 1997 while trying to escape the paparazzi. Although she is not featured in Spencer’s film, the inevitability of her tragic death will likely send the film into grim mourning.
Spencer is a haunting and emotional depiction of who Diana was at a crucial time in her life, Kristen Stewart said in a statement about the project. It is a physical statement of the sum of his parts beginning with his name, Spencer. It’s an agonizing attempt for her to find herself, while Diana struggles to hold on to what the name Spencer means to her.
Director Pablo Larrain discussed his approach with Spencer last June. He described the film as a reverse fairy tale, highlighting the unprecedented nature of Diana’s approach to kingship. We all grew up, at least I did in my generation, reading and understanding what a fairy tale was. Usually a prince comes along and finds a princess, invites her to become his wife, and eventually she becomes queen. It’s a fairy tale. When someone decides not to be queen and says, I’d rather be myself, that’s a big decision, a big story that reflects on themselves.
He went on to say that I have always been very surprised by this situation and thought it must be very difficult to do this. That’s the heart of the movie. How and why did you decide to do this? It’s a great story, universal, that can touch millions and millions of people, and that’s what we want to do. We want to make a film that will have a wide distribution, that will appeal to a worldwide audience interested in such a fascinating life.
Diana, Princess of Wales, was recently represented by Emma Corrine in the fourth episode of Netflix’s Crown. Corrine’s performance was highly praised by critics, and many wondered if Stewart could reach the same heights as Spencer.
Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) have recently joined Kristen Stewart in a Spencer film in yet-to-be-announced roles. The film is currently being shot in Germany and then transferred to the UK. Spencer should be out in the fall. It came to us from NEON.
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