On Wednesday, it was announced that Kristen Stewart is set to star Princess Diana in an upcoming film called “Spencer”, directed by Pablo Larraín.
The actress, 30, will begin production on the project in early 2021 and the film will cover a life-changing weekend in the early 1990s around the family’s Windsor Hotel Sandringham Real Estate in Norfolk, England, where Diana decided her marriage to Prince Charles was over and she needed to take a step back from life as a member of the royal family.
Royal family of experts told Fox News that news of the American star’s take on the portrait of a British icon has sparked mixed reactions.
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“Mrs. Stewart has a fan base of her” Twilight at the movies, producers can count on her notoriety to attract viewers. It might be interesting to know if she auditioned for the role of against other actresses and was considered the best fit, or if she was offered, “said Leslie Carroll, author of” Diana and Charles: Royal Affairs and celebrates a Royal wedding. ”
“If she can embody Diana body language and convey her famous soufflé, chic Sloane Ranger voice, it doesn’t matter where she was born,” Carroll added.
Another author, Tom Quinn, who wrote “Kensington Palace: An Intimate in the Memory of Queen Marie by Meghan Markle,” explained that although Stewart is a “great actor” who can “manage Diana is mannerisms , UK, observers will be critical of a “bad accent.” ”
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And the UK media correspondent and author of “The A to Z’s of Harry and Meghan” Neil Sean said that “the news here in the UK is very simple… Why? There are many British actresses who would have been better for this role. ”
“The real problem is the fact that this is an old story covered countless times without a big revolutionary new angle, again, what could we learn? “, He continues.
Additionally, Sean feels that Prince William and Prince Harry “refuse any form of exploitation of the end of their mother’s name.” ”
Sean added that “the cast of one of the world’s most famous women in Stewart just shows how to get out of the money the makers are with what the audience picture and above all love for great lady. ”
Meanwhile, Larraín defended his casting on the Deadline. “Kristen is one of the big players around today,” he says.
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“To do this, well, you need something very important in the film, which is mystery. Kristen can be a lot, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile is ultimately a very strong as well, which is what we need. The combination of these elements made me think of her. The way she responds to the script and how she approaches the character, it is very beautiful to see. I think she’s going to do something beautiful and fascinating at the same time. She is this force of nature, ”Larraín added.
He explained that the film is about Diana “finding herself, understanding that perhaps the most important thing for her is to be good and to be with herself and by herself. ”
Fox News Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.