Now, Princess Diana is set to be portrayed on the screen in an upcoming biopic. When it was announced that Twilight star Kristen Stewart would play the role of Diana, many were quick to voice their criticism at such a casting choice. Deadline reported that Stewart would depict the People’s Princess in the Pablo Larrain-directed drama, Spencer, after Larrain had worked on Jackie, the Jackie Kennedy biopic starring Natalie Portman.
But if the latest photos of Stewart in the role are anything to go by, fans have little to be concerned about. The transformation is stunning, showing the actress sporting a green-and-red tartan coat over a cream knit turtleneck, paired with a feathery blonde wig. It comes after Stewart revealed her first appearance as Diana back in March, showing the actress wearing a veiled boater hat, pussy-bow blouse, red jacket and sporting Diana’s trademark blonde hair and piercing gaze.
The film is said to be a “dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at the pivotal turning point in her life,” according to Stewart. She added, “It is a physical assertion of the sum of her parts, which starts with her given name; Spencer. It is a harrowing effort for her to return to herself, as Diana strives to hold onto what the name Spencer means to her.”
Larrain 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. 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.”
He added, “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.”
Stewart certainly has her work cut out for her, especially after Emma Corrin stunned as Diana in The Crown’s fourth season on Netflix. Australia’s own Elizabeth Debicki will succeed her in the role in Season five, which is said to premiere in 2022.