The Official 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 official 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 2:17 clip one already senses that Stewart will be playing the doomed princess with the proper tension and anxiety needed for such a harrowing role. (One can’t play a royal without anxiety, can they?)

Alas, this is not a biopic – rather, the story revolves around a three-day holiday at Sandringham House in 1991, one of the royal estates, where Di will make the ultimate decision to leave Prince Charles (played here by a fittingly stoic Jack Farthing). At one point we see the very young Prince William ask his mum, “Mommy, what’s happened to make you so sad?” – and you can’t help but feel a little heartbroken for both of them. Then the Princess pithily sums up the fate of and problem with the Royal Family: “Here, in this house, there is no future. Past and the present are the same thing.”

The clip is actually cleverly soundtracked with an almost eerie, chorale 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 1:15 into the trailer Charles ultimately lays it plainly bare to her: “You have to be able to do things you hate. For the good of the country.” The trailer then closes with a frightened looking Diana querying, “Will they kill me, do you think?” And it sends a chill to think that in real life, she may have genuinely believed that.

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

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