If you were waiting with bated breath for Princess Diana to return to our screens via the upcoming season of The Crown, you are in for a happy surprise. According to various reports, Kristen Stewart, who shot to fame with the Twilight Saga, will play the Princess of Wales in the drama Spencer. The title Spencer, as one can guess, is taken from Diana’s maiden name.
The film unfolds over three days in the early ’90s, as Princess Di escapes to Norfolk, England, for Christmas and finds herself questioning her marriage to Prince Charles and her place in line to become queen. Based on the timeframe, Prince William and Prince Harry would still be young boys in the pic.
Pablo Larraín will direct from a script by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things). Larraín previously helmed 2016’s Jackie, for which Natalie Portman earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
In Larraín’s words, Spencer is a “fairy tale upside down”. And speaking of casting Stewart to play the people’s princess, Larraín said, “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… I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time.”
Spencer is set to begin production in 2021.