Guess Who Will be Playing Princess Diana in the Upcoming Film ‘Spencer’?
When Emma Corrin debuted her Princess Diana in the first episode of Season 4 of The Crown, we were immediately pretty sure that no one else would ever be able to capture all of her anxiety, her uncommon beauty and her ineffable etherealness as brilliantly as had she. And through the next ten episodes, she continued to hold us utterly rapt in her portrayal of the doomed royal.
But intriguing news just came that a new film, pithily titled Spencer, was now on the way – and a major star would be attached to play Lady Di. The first image has just been released…and the likeness is strikingly remarkable.
So who exactly is it that will be taking on such a challenging role? None other than Ms. Kristen Stewart, who recently stole our hearts in the coming-out holidramedy Happiest Season. Principal photography on the film has just begun in England and Germany, and as opposed to the wide sweep of Diana’s life covered in The Crown, Spencer focuses on just one royal Christmas holiday, in 1991, at the family’s imposing Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
The significance of that particular moment had to do with rumors of divorce swirling around the Princess and Prince of Wales, and the possible truce that might be achieved via the togetherness of a Christmas holiday spent as a family. Of course, the couple did not actually file for divorce until July of 1996 – and Diana would die in an automobile crash a year later.
“Spencer is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life,” Stewart explains. “It is a physical assertion of the sum of her parts, which starts with her given name – a harrowing effort for her to return to herself, as she strives to hold onto what the name Spencer means to her.’
The cast boasts several other notables, including period drama staple Timothy Spall, Academy Award nominee Sally Hawkins, and Sean Harris, who we loved as the ruthless Michelettto in The Borgias. The film is tentatively scheduled for an autumn 2021 release via Neon.