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Kirsten Stewart Set To Play Princess Diana In Upcoming Movie

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Kirsten Stewart Set To Play Princess Diana In Upcoming Movie

Twilight star Kristen Stewart will play Princess Diana in an upcoming movie about the late princess, according to a new report.

The flick, titled Spencer, is centred on 'a critical weekend in the early '90s when Diana decided her marriage to Prince Charles wasn't working', according to Deadline.

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Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981. They announced they were separating in 1992 before finally divorcing in 1996. Tragically, Diana died in 1997 - she was just 36.

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The movie is set across three days during the Christmas holidays in the House of Windsor in the Sandringham estate in Norfolk and is about the princess 'finding herself, about understanding that possibly the most important thing for her is to be well, and to be with herself and by herself', according to director Pablo Larraín.

The 'energetic and beautiful' script was penned by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight.

Speaking about the casting choice, Larraín told Deadline: "Kristen is one of the great actors around today.

"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, which is what we need. The combination of those elements made me think of her.

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"The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it's very beautiful to see. I think she's going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature.

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"I've seen movies from Kristen that are so diverse it's incredible, showing different layers and her diversity and strength as an actress.

"We're very happy to have her, she's very committed. As a filmmaker, when you have someone who can hold such a weight, dramatic and narrative weight just with her eyes, then you have the strong lead who can deliver what we are looking for."

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Stewart won't be the first actor to take on the role of Diana - Naomi Watts played her in 2013's Diana and Emma Corrin is set to appear as the princess in the upcoming season of Netflix's The Crown.

Spencer set to start production early next year.

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Topics: TV and Film

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