It turns out Kristen Stewart makes for a stunning Princess Diana. A first-look still from the upcoming movie Spencer, which stars Stewart as the late royal, has finally been released, highlighting her resemblance to the People’s Princess. In the still Stewart appears in character, wearing a red blazer and a black hat with a veil, her hair feathered out in a classic Princess Di bob.
Principal photography for the film has already begun, with shooting taking place in Germany and the U.K. The film, written by Steven Knight and directed by Pablo Larraín, follows the princess during a pivotal holiday weekend at Sandringham House, Queen Elizabeth II’s private estate, where she decides to finally divorce Prince Charles. The couple, who bitterly drifted apart due to Charles’s infidelity, separated in 1992, officially getting divorced in 1996.
Stewart spoke about playing the iconic figure in a recent InStyle cover story, revealing she was nervous about nailing Diana’s posh accent. “The accent is intimidating as all hell because people know that voice, and it’s so, so distinct and particular,” Stewart said. “I’m working on it now and already have my dialect coach.”
She also read two Diana biographies ahead of the shoot in order to more fully prepare herself. “I’m finishing all the material before I actually go make the movie,” Stewart said. “It’s one of the saddest stories to exist ever, and I don’t want to just play Diana—I want to know her implicitly. I haven’t been this excited about playing a part, by the way, in so long.”
Stewart has done this kind of work before, playing real-life women like Jean Seberg and Joan Jett in past films. She’s also in good hands with Larraín, a director who has come to specialize in slice-of-life biopics, helming critically acclaimed films about Pablo Neruda and Jackie O.
The Spencer still arrives at a Peak Diana moment in the culture, just a few months after The Crown debuted its fourth season. Newcomer Emma Corrin delivered an incredible portrayal of the late princess in the Emmy-winning series, sparking renewed interest in lesser-known stories from Diana’s life. Netflix will keep the Diana train going by airing a taped version of the Broadway musical Diana later this year. Spencer, meanwhile, is expected to be released in the fall, though an exact release date has not yet been set.
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