Kristen Stewart To Play Princess Diana In Upcoming Film
June 18, 2020
Twilight star Kristen Stewart is slated to play Princess Diana in an upcoming Pablo Larraín film, Spencer, that he described as a "fairy tale upside down” about the late royal, a move that has shocked many royal family watchers.
Spencer—a title taken from Diana’s maiden name—will cover three days Diana spent in Norfolk at the royal family’s Sandringham estate for Christmas as she faces existential questions about her marriage and place in the British royal family.
The casting went viral on Twitter shortly after the announcement, with many users criticizing the move and insisting Stewart is the wrong choice for the role of Diana, saying a British actress should have been chosen.
The film won’t delve into Diana’s tragic death in a Paris car accident in 1997, Larraín said, and will only dive into events imagined over Christmas Eve, Christmas and Boxing Day circa 1992, though a certain year isn’t specified in the film, adding, “We all know her fate, what happened to her, and we don’t need to go there. We’ll stay in this more intimate space where she could express where she wants to go and who she wants to be.”
Larraín previously directed Jackie (2006), the Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy biopic that won star Natalie Portman an Oscar nomination.