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27 January, 2021

One Weekend In The Life Of Diana, Princess Of Wales


American film production and distribution company Neon, on Wednesday, tweeted the first look of Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana for the film, Spencer. 

The movie, directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain is set for release in big screens in the United States by August, 2021, ahead of Princess Diana's 25th death anniversary in August, 2022.

The filming will be done in Germany and the United Kingdom. 

Larrain is a decorated filmmaker, having directed two Academy Awards-nominated films, No in 2012 and Jackie in 2017. He also co-produced Chilean movie A Fantastic Woman with his brother, Juan de Dios Larrain, that won the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language film.

The first look meant principal photography of the movie has begun with other cast including Bafta nominee Timothy Spall, Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible).

Princess Diana decided to divorce Prince Charles in 1991. The pair formally divorced on August 28, 1996.

According to Hollywood Reporter, Spencer, scripted by Steven Knight is set over the weekend when Diana decides she needs to end her marriage.

"The drama takes place over three days in one of her last Christmas holidays as a member of the House of Windsor and at their Sandringham estate. The weekend in question, and the gradual implosion of the royal marriage, recently featured in the latest season of Netflix The Crown, with Diana played by Emma Corrin alongside Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles," said the report by Hollywood Reporter.

ET Online said, Stewart is channeling Diana. "Wearing a red blazer, as well a black hat with a short veil and matching shirt, Stewart looks just like the Princess of Wales, complete with her signature short, blonde hair. The outfit greatly resembles a style Diana wore in 1986 when she visited a spinal injuries unit in Sheffield, England," ET Online reported.

"Kristen Stewart has made her debut as Princess Diana," announced Variety, while EW said, "There's a new Princess Diana on the scene."

The Film Stage quoted Stewart saying: "Spencer is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life. 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."

Vulture published a synopsis from a press release that said: "December 1991: The Prince and Princess of Wales’ marriage has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. This year, things will be a whole lot different.”