Twilight star Kristen Stewart will star Princess Diana in a new vintage drama about the life of the Royal, an intriguing cast choice that ignited social media on Wednesday.
Kristen, 30, signed the film Spencer, which will stage a “critical” weekend in the early 1990s, when Diana decided that her marriage to Prince Charles was not working, reports Deadline.
However, many quickly reacted negatively to the news on Twitter, with users joking: “What could go wrong? while another said, “Couldn’t you have found a British actress? “
Royal role: Kristen Stewart will play Princess Diana in the new biopic Spencer… illustrating the “moment when she decided that her marriage to Prince Charles was not working”
“Many British actresses who would have been better for this role, Princess Diana was chic, Kristen is not. They’re not even alike, “read another tweet, and one of them simply said,” Kristen Stewart playing Princess Diana is wrong in many ways.
Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín defended his decision to play the American actress in the role, stating Deadline: “Kristin is one of the greatest actors of the moment.”
Pablo directed Natalie Portman in the 2016 Jackie Kennedy Jackie biopic, which earned the star an Academy Award nomination for best actress.
Princess: Kristen, 30, signed the film Spencer, which will stage a “critical” weekend in the early 1990s
He added: “Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile and ultimately very strong too, that is what we need. “
“The combination of these elements made me think of her. The way she responded to the script and how she approaches the character is very beautiful to see. I think she’s going to do something amazing and intriguing at the same time. ”
The script written by English scriptwriter Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) follows the Princess of Wales realizing that she “had to stray from a path that put her online to one day become queen”.
Reaction: Many Twitter users reacted negatively to Wednesday’s news
False: Intriguing casting choice set social media on fire after announcement
Funny side: the others seem amused by the choice of the cast
Support: There was also a good deal of fan support tweets
The story would take place over three days during one of Diana’s last Christmases at the Windsor house on their Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England.
Pablo added that the film will not delve into Diana’s tragic death, but will instead focus on her marriage to Charles and the love she had for children, Prince William and Prince Harry.
“We decided to go into a story about identity, and how a woman somehow decides not to be the queen. She is a woman who, during the film’s journey, decides and realizes that she wants to be the woman she was before meeting Charles, “explained the director.
According to the report, the film should be a hot ticket to the virtual market in Cannes, the French film festival that will not run in its usual way due to the coronavirus.
Production of the film – titled Spencer in reference to Diana’s maiden name – is not expected to begin until the start of 2021.
Charles and Diana were married from July 29, 1981 to August 28, 1996 and there has been endless speculation that their union was unhappy.
In 2018, veteran royal journalist Robert Jobson – who went around the world with Charles – claimed that Charles wanted to withdraw from his marriage to Diana when he realized how “incompatible” the couple were.
Diana also infamously speculated on Charles’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles in her 1995 interview with BBC Panorama when she said, “Well, there were three of us in this wedding, so it was a little crowded.
Performance: The troubled marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana will be the subject of the new film (photo above in the British royal tour of Sicily in Italy in 1985)
At just 36, Diana died in the early hours of August 31, 1997 after being injured in a car accident in a road tunnel in Paris. His partner at the time, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul, were declared dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, American actress Kristen is not the first star to play the Royal on the big screen. Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts starred in the 2013 drama Diana, which focused on the last two years of her life, but was mercilessly mocked by critics of the time.
In 2015, Kristen won a supporting actress César for her work in Cloud of Sils Maria, making her the first American actress to win the most coveted actor award in France.
Actresses who played Princess Diana
Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in the 2013 film Diana
Naomi Watts in Diana (2013)
Anglo-Australian actress Naomi Watts starred as the Princess of Wales in the 2013 film Diana, which was ridiculed by critics of the time. “Diana may have been flawed and intriguing and hungry for love, but this movie doesn’t help explain that. It also doesn’t shed light on the commonality and the humanitarian side that won it over to a global audience, ”wrote film critic Suzanne S. Brown. Even Naomi herself will later admit that the film was a “ship in distress”.
Emma Corrin in The Crown (2020)
Newcomer Emma Corrin has been chosen to become Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown in 2019. Fans have yet to see the actress in the role, as streaming giant Netflix has not released the next season of the show. However, the actress was spotted filming on location in Manchester in February earlier this year.
Newcomer: Emma Corrin was chosen as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown in 2019
Lesley Harcourt in William & Catherine (2011)
Scottish actress Lesley Harcourt – who starred in the British crime drama Taggart – played Diana in this scary Hallmark film in 2011. The television drama has been described as “superficial fun” by critics and not taken very seriously. serious.
Genevieve O’Reilly in Diana: Last Days Of A Princess (2007)
This dramatic documentary from Channel 5 starred Irish actress Genevieve O’Reilly, who is perhaps best known for her work in the Star Wars franchise under the name of My Mothma. He has certainly held up better than other projects, with a criticism in the New York Times praising him: “He describes her as needy but manipulative, loving but imperfect – in other words, as a human being. A mixture of documentary techniques and scripted dramas, it provides a surprisingly believable picture of the princess’s last summer.
Made-for-TV: Irish actress Geneviève O’Reilly played Diana in Diana: Last Days Of A Princess in 2007
Serena Scott Thomas in Diana: Her True Story (1993)
Based on the publication of the same name by Andrew Morton, British actress and model Serena Scott Thomas also found praise for her portrayal in this television film. Entertainment Weekly said Serena showed “great charm” in the role, but said she “looks more like a softer version of Murphy Brown’s Faith Ford than the angular princess”. Interestingly, Serena later starred as Carole Middleton in the 2011 William & Kate TV movie, depicting the court between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Amy Seccombe in Diana: a tribute to the princess of the people (1998)
This ill-advised tribute to Princess Diana was released just a year after her death and featured little-known actress Amy Seccombe. The project was largely ignored when it was released and was deemed unpleasant. Seccombe’s only other role after the TV movie was played by a doctor on Operation Good Guys.
Cheesy: Amy Seccombe and George Jackos play Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed in the TV movie The People’s Princess
Julie Cox in Princess In Love (1996)
Based on the book of James Hewitt, this American television film follows the relationship which flourished between Diana. The role went to British actress Julie Cox, who was recently seen in the police drama Broadchurch. The title didn’t have much impact on its release.
Caroline Bliss in Charles and Diana: a royal love story (1982)
This American biographical drama, conceived for television in 1982, starred Catherine Oxenberg in the role of Diana, Christopher Baines in the role of Prince Charles and the Hollywood royalty Olivia de Havilland in the role of Queen Elizabeth. It was originally broadcast on September 20, 1982 on CBS. An overwhelming critic from the Washington Post called it “heraldic voyeurism with a loose jaw, unable to turn distant figures into credible mortals, and who seems uninterested.
American versions: (L-R) Caroline Bliss IN Charles And Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982), AND Julie Cox in Princess In Love (1996)