Kristen Stewart: A New Important Role
The story of Diana, Princess of Wales (also told by The Crown) – royal pioneer, activist and style icon – continues to attract attention more than twenty years after her death. Proof? A brand new film about his life, titled Spencer, currently in progress and starring Kristen Stewart, 30, in the role of the princess.
Stewart, who in recent months had enthusiastically commented on her new role – “never been so excited for a part” – also said she feels a sense of protection towards Diana. Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show, the actress explained that despite being only seven when the Princess of Wales died, she feels attached to her. “I was very young, I didn’t know what was going on,” she told the TV host before adding that it’s hard “not to feel protective of her. She was so young.”
Kristen Stewart’s enthusiasm led her to immerse herself in the part to the point of recreating a striking resemblance to Diana, as demonstrated the first photo disclosed by the production at the end of January 2021. Filming is scheduled in Germany and the UK and is scheduled to launch in autumn 2021. 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Diana. The cast also includes BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner”), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) and Sean Harris (“Mission: Impossible”).
Kristen Stewart in the first shot as Lady Diana
In view of the highly anticipated release of the film, here is everything we have discovered so far.
Who will be the protagonist of Spencer?
Kristen Stewart will play the role of Princess Diana. The American actress achieved success with The Twilight Saga (2008 to 2012) and has since received rave reviews for her work on a number of indie films, which include Sils Maria (2014) and Personal Shopper (2016). More recently, she has become the icon of the French new wave Jean Seberg in the 2019 film Seberg – In the viewfinder, played a secret agent in the 2019 version of Charlie’s Angels and an engineer in science fiction horror Underwater. “Kristen is one of the best actresses around at the moment,” she told Deadline Spencer director Pablo Larraín. “She manages to be very mysterious and very fragile, but strong at the same time, which is what we need… The way she reacted to the script and how she is approaching the character is really cool to see.”
Stewart joins a long list of actresses to have played the People’s Princess, from Naomi Watts in Diana of 2013 to Genevieve O’Reilly in Diana – The last days of a princess of 2007. The latest arrival Emma Corrin will also play the role in the fourth season of The Crown.
Princess Diana with a tiara in New Zealand, April 1983.
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What will the plot of Spencer?
Spencer it will develop over three fundamental days in the early 90s, after which Princess Diana decided to end her marriage to Prince Charles. The film will take place during one of his last Christmas holidays with the royal family at their residence in Sandringham, Norfolk. “It is very contained,” Larraín a Deadline on the plot. “They spent Christmas there for several years and that’s when we set up the film, it’s the early 90’s, around 1992, we’re not specific. We are witnessing Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. We are able to understand what he wants and what he will do ”.
Larraín adds that the couple’s eventual divorce in 1996 and Diana’s tragic death in 1997 will not be part of the plot. “She died years after our story unfolded and so we won’t deal with it,” he continues. “It is only three days of his life and in that short space of time, we get a bigger and broader perspective of who he really was. We all know his tragic fate… and we don’t need to dig it up ”.
At the center of the drama will most likely be Diana’s relationship with Charles and her bond with her children, Prince William and Prince Harry. “It’s critically important how she discovers throughout the film that what she really needs is to be whoever she wants,” adds Larraín. “And that doesn’t mean she needs to be around someone, or be a part of anything but herself and her kids. Diana was many things, but she was mostly a great mother. This is the story of a woman who understands that what really matters in a woman’s life are her children. “
The title of the film, a tribute to Diana’s maiden name, is revealing. “She’s a woman who, over the course of the film, decides and realizes she wants to be the woman she once was before she met Carlo,” Larraín explains. “It’s about finding herself again, understanding that probably the most important thing for her is to feel good, to be alone with herself.”
Princess Diana at Christmas Mass in Sandringham Church, 1990.
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Who will play Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry in Spencer?
The roles of Diana’s husband and children, as well as those of the Queen and Prince Philip, have yet to be chosen.
Who will direct and write Spencer?
Chilean director Pablo Larraín – the acclaimed director of No – Days of the Rainbow (2012), The club (2015) and Neruda (2016) – will be at the helm of Spencer. His last two films also bear the name of the two leading women: Ema of 2019, starring Mariana Di Girolamo in the role of a rebel reggaeton dancer, and Jackie 2016, with Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy. His next project will probably be compared to the latter, which features a public figure under constant media scrutiny and who was tragically denied a fairytale ending. Self Jackie taught us something, viewers will do well to expect gorgeous stage clothes, incredible interiors, stunning photography and a hard-to-forget soundtrack.
As if that weren’t enough, the script for Spencer was written by British Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight, best known for being the father of the crime drama series Peaky Blinders. His other works include Dirty little business (2002) and The promise of the murderer (2007). “It’s a very beautiful script and full of energy,” Larraín told a Deadline. “I admired [il lavoro di Knight] For years. It’s really amazing how it captures… the enormous power of Diana’s beauty. “
When it comes out Spencer?
Production on the film is expected to start in early 2021, which makes a 2022 release likely.