The First Trailer Has Arrived For ‘Spencer’, Starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Di

The poor Royal Family. They survived World Wars, the Sex Pistols, and Morrissey (“I say, Charles, don’t you ever crave / To appear on the front of the Daily Mail / Dressed in your Mother’s bridal veil?”). But the twin attacks of The Crown and Meghan Markle seem to have almost broken them. (For the record, we thought the Oprah interview was in appallingly bad taste.)

The Crown will be back on Netflix, of course, for a Season 5, and Aussie actress Elizabeth Debicki will be replacing the glorious Emma Corrin as Princess Diana. But before another new episode hits the small screen, we’ll have the anxiously anticipated Spencer on the big screen, which will find the ever iconoclastic Kristen Stewart playing Lady Di, the announcement of which really got the chattering classes chattering away back in January. (Ms. Stewart has her detractors, we are not counted amongst them.)

The first trailer for Spencer (Diana’s maiden name) has just been released, and we must say, from what we can see here, the visuals will be worth the price of admission. And rather than gloss it all up for the 21st Century, cinematographer Claire Mathon has gone full retro, giving it something of the look of an extravagant ’80s BBC production – with shots of Di traversing the lawn of some or other pompous palace seeming as grey as we all remember Thatcher’s England to have been. The actual physical resemblance is a little bit off; but from the 1:09 clip one already senses that Stewart will be playing the doomed princess with the proper tension and anxiety needed for the role. (One can’t play a royal without anxiety.)

There’s not much dialogue in the trailer, which is actually cleverly soundtracked with an updated version of Lou Reed’s haunted ballad ‘Perfect Day’ – we say clever because Duran Duran notably covered the song in 1993…and they were well-documented to have been the princess’ favorite band. But it fittingly closes with actress Sally Hawkins in an as yet unnamed role insisting to Stewart’s Diana, “The know everything,” and Diana unconvincingly replying back, “They don’t.” For the record, they did.

Spencer will be released into theaters November 5th via NEON.

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