The chokehold Kristen Stewart is about to have us all in...
It’s been almost 25 years since the tragic death of Princess Diana, and yet somehow, her mythos, rather than dimming over time, has only grown stronger. Her story was recently put front and center on Netflix with Season 4 of The Crown, as the series reached the 1980s and her disastrous marriage to Charles. But Peter Morgan’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning TV series doesn’t have a lock on the late Princess of Wales. There’s a new biopic, Spencer, on the way as well. Adding to the excitement: Diana will be played by none other than Kristen Stewart in Spencer.
Part of the issue in any biopic is nailing the look of the person in question. Many films about famous people have been derailed because the actors didn’t look right and fans just couldn’t get past it. (When the actor does nail it, such as Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody, it can turn their performance into an awards season shoo-in.) Thus far, several actors have taken on Diana over the years, with rocky results. The Crown Season 4 was successful due to Emma Corrin’s portrayal of Diana. The actor nailed not only the late princess’ look, but also her attitude. (And fans should note that Elizabeth Debicki, who is set to take over the role in The Crown Season 5, has already proven she too can nail it.)
Fans have been far less sure that Stewart, who has a very iconic look associated with her, stemming from her Twilight years, could pull off a reasonable facsimile of Diana. (Her acting skills to play the part were never in question, just her appearance.) But with every photo and poster that’s come out to promote the new film, more and more fans have realized this could be a biopic for the ages.
Spencer Poster & Teaser
The first poster for the film was released during CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Aug. 25, 2021. The next day, fans got to feast their eyes on the first teaser, featuring Stewart looking sad, twirling around, and wearing fantastic outfits:
On Sept. 23, Topic Studios released the first full trailer for Spencer, showing Stewart like fans have never seen her before:
When Spencer was first announced, Kristen Stewart as Diana, Princess of Wales, was a significant part of the selling point, along with director Pablo Larraín, best known for Jackie, the Natalie Portman-headlined biopic of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Since then, the rest of the cast has filled out, starting with Jack Farthing (Poldark) as Charles, Prince of Wales. The film will also co-star Timothy Spall, Sally Hawkins, Sean Harris, Olga Hellsing, and Thomas Douglas. Interestingly, the film also lists Amy Manson (The Nevers) as Anne Boleyn, suggesting this might have a bit of a ghost-story angle as well.
The story of Princess Diana could cover quite a bit of ground. There are her beginnings, when her mother attempted to divorce their father and take the children, only to lose custody as well as any right to see them ever again. There are her years as an innocent teenager plucked by the Palace to be the virginal bride of the future King of England. And, most dramatically, there is the summer of 1997 and her death in a car crash in Paris.
But Spencer will focus on perhaps the juiciest and most crucial moment of Diana’s life, the 1995 Christmas holidays with the royal family at Sandringham, when Diana decided to end her marriage to Prince Charles.
Spencer Release Date
Spencer will debut in theaters on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.
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