Kristen Stewart Has a Spooky Resemblance to Princess Diana in the First Pic From New Biopic, Spencer
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It’s not just the outfit, though of course it’s based on one of Diana’s customarily dramatic outfits: red coat, black hat, black veil. It’s also the hair (which is a wig, and a very good one at that—remember Naomi Watts‘ disastrous ‘do when she played the princess in Diana?), the tilt of the head, the black-lined eyes, the mood.
Kristen Stewart’s debut as Diana comes as principal photography begins on Spencer, which is being filmed between Germany and Britain, and directed by Pablo Lorrain.
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Set during Christmas vacation in the early 1990s on the Sandringham Estate, the movie will focus on Princess Diana’s crumbling marriage to Prince Charles. It takes place over a period of only three days, around 1992, although Pablo has said the year is “not specific.”
He told Deadline back in June that the screenplay revolves around the princess’s realization that she had to choose a new direction in her life, requiring her to “veer from a path that put her in line to one day be queen.”
He went on, ““When someone decides not to be the queen, and says, I’d rather go and be myself, it’s a big big decision, a fairytale upside down. I’ve always been very surprised by that and thought it must have been very hard to do.
“That is the heart of the movie.”
Meanwhile, Kristen has said, “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.”
Formerly of Twilight fame, 30-year-old Kristen herself is well attuned to the relentlessness of a media hungry for details about the personal lives of famous women (Princess Diana’s life literally ended in a high-speed Paris car chase involving the paparazzi in 1997, although Spencer takes place years before her death.)