Hollywood actor Kristen Stewart has been signed to play the role of Princess Diana in a biopic titled Spencer, which will be directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín.
According to reports, the film is expected to explore the defining moment of Princess Diana’s life, when she decided to end her marriage with Prince Charles and step away from the British royal family.
Scripted by Steven Knight, the film will feature the Princess of Wales’ final Christmas holidays at the House of Windsor in their Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.
The film is set to go on floors from early next year.
In an interview to InStyle magazine, Stewart had opened up about feeling intimidated about getting the Princess’ accent right.
“We don’t start shooting until mid-January. The accent is intimidating as all hell because people know that voice, and it’s so, so distinct and particular. I’m working on it now and already have my dialect coach. In terms of research, I’ve gotten through two and a half biographies, and I’m finishing all the material before I actually go make the movie. It’s one of the saddest stories to exist ever, and I don’t want to just play Diana — I want to know her implicitly. I haven’t been this excited about playing a part, by the way, in so long,” she told the publication.
Stewart rose to instant fame with her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight Saga film series. She was the world’s highest paid actor in 2010 and 2012 and was the first American female actor to win the Cesar Award, the French equivalent to the Oscars, for her role in Clouds of Sils Maria.
The life of the late ‘people’s princess’ was earlier made into a film by director Oliver Hirschbiegel in a 2013 film titled Diana, starring Naomi Watts.
Meanwhile, newcomer Emma Corin will be portraying the role of Princess Diana in the upcoming season of Netflix’s series The Crown. The fourth season will be releasing on the streaming platform from November 15.