Kristen Stewart has been cast as Princess Diana in Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s new drama, ‘Spencer’, an upcoming film that will cover a critical weekend when Diana decided her marriage to Prince Charles wasn’t working.
According to Pablo, the film will focus on her “fraying relationship with Charles and her love for her sons, Princes William and Harry.” rather than her tragic death in 1997.
“We all grew up, at least I did in my generation, reading and understanding what a fairy tale is,” Larraín told Deadline. “Usually, the prince comes and finds the princess, invites her to become his wife and eventually she becomes queen. That is the fairy tale. When someone decides not to be the queen, and says, I’d rather go and be myself, it’s a big, big decision, a fairy tale 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.”
Larraín praised the 30 year old actress, saying he was looking for someone mysterious, strong and vulnerable.
“Kristen is one of the great actors around today,” he shares “To do this well, you need something very important in film, which is mystery. Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile an ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need.”
“The combination of those elements made me think of her. The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it’s very beautiful to see. I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature.”
“I’ve seen movies from Kristen that are so diverse it’s incredible, showing different layers and her diversity and strength as an actress. We’re very happy to have her, she’s very committed.”
“As a filmmaker, when you have someone who can hold such a weight, dramatic and narrative weight just with her eyes, then you have the strong lead who can deliver what we are looking for.”
Spencer will be sold at the Cannes Film Festival's virtual market, with production expected to begin in early 2021.