It looks as if fans of The Crown can rejoice! A new biopic on the Royal Family is underway, and this time it focuses on our favorite royal - Princess Diana.
It looks as if fans of The Crown can rejoice. A new biopic on the British Royal Family is underway, and this time it focuses on our favorite royal - Princess Diana. Cleverly titled Spencer, the new biopic will star Kristen Stewart (aka Bella Swan) as Diana Spencer, and will be directed by Pablo Larraín - one of the industry's most popular filmmakers.
Principal photography has already begun on the new biopic, with the first set photo debuting on Wednesday. In the photo we see Stewart dressed as Diana, in a red coat, black blouse and black hat, as she solemnly looks to the side. I'm not going to lie, Stewart bares a striking resemblance to Diana.
When asked why he chose Stewart to portray Diana in his film, Larraín (who directed the Oscar-nominated biopic, Jackie) explained he was drawn to Stewart's chameleon-like presence on screen.
"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. I think she's going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature," he said.
But many wonder how the Royal Family will react to a new Princess Diana biopic. If Larraín's biopic is anything like the latest season of The Crown, there's bound to be controversy surrounding it. In November, British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden urged Netflix to add a disclaimer to the show, thanks to the controversial release of season 4, which received backlash for its portrayal of Diana's and Charles marriage.
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Throughout the new season (which I devoured in one sitting), among the many things that annoyed me were the overwhelming undertones of sexism.
Written Steven Knight (Peaky Bilnders) the biopic will center around a weekend in the life of Princess Diana, where she spends Christmas with the British Royal Family and chooses to end her marriage to Prince Charles. It's similar to where the last episode of The Crown left off.
Stewart, who was only seven when Diana died in a car accident in 1997, mentioned her memories from that period are what motivated her to take the role.
"I was really young [and] didn't really know what was going on," Stewart said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "But now, it's hard not to feel protective over her... My movie takes place over, like, three days, and it's this, like, really poetic internal imagining of what that might have felt like rather than, like, giving new information. We kind of don't have a mark to hit. We just also love her."
Filming for the biopic is underway, and will continue throughout Germany and the UK.
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