kristen stewart is receiving rave reviews for her performance as the legendary princess diana in the upcoming spencer movie. Directed by Pablo Larraín, Spencer is about the weekend that led to the end of Diana and Prince Charles’ troubled marriage. The film’s title comes from Diana’s maiden name, Spencer, indicating that this was the moment Diana remembered who she was and dodged the Windsor name.
spencer opens on November 5, after months of anticipation. Following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Spencer received a five-minute standing ovation.
Clearly, the Princess Diana theme never gets old. Spencer is the latest character study on the beloved princess, who died in 1998. Crown Season 4 explores Diana’s courtship and unhappy early marriage to Charles; the upcoming fifth season will lead to her divorce. there will also be a diana-centric music stream on netflix in 2021.
in addition to all of these jobs, spencer will do an excellent double feature with the acclaimed biopic jackie de larraín, an intimate depiction of first lady jackie kennedy in the days after her husband’s death. El Neruda de Larraín is a biopic—you guessed it—of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. with spencer, jackie and neruda, larraín is making a career out of reuniting the public with the people we consider icons.
Here’s what we know about the project, including when to expect it and how Stewart prepared for the job.
spencer is due out in the fall of 2021.
Spencer’s official release date is November 5, 2021. There is a possibility that Spencer’s release will coincide with The Crown Season 5. Netflix has not shared an official premiere date for future seasons of the crown. If we had to guess, the fifth season, which will feature a new cast including Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, will premiere in November 2021 or 2022.
The official trailer shows a weekend in the life of an angry royal.
diana’s unhappiness is the recurring theme in spencer’s trailer. stewart’s bullseye seems to be weighing her options: hold back for the good of “country,” as charles encourages, or run away, as she literally does at the end of the trailer.
it seems that the source of her problems is that she has different values than her in-laws: she can’t live like them. “I really like things that are simple. Ordinary. Things that are real,” Diana says, before concluding, “There’s no hope for me. Not with them.” her friend, played by sally hawkins, tells diana that she is “her own weapon of hers” of hers. Still, Diana is not convinced of her own power or her ability to resist her powerful father-in-law. “Do you think they’re going to kill me?” target question.
spencer’s teaser trailer shows kristen stewart’s reveille sporting a variety of grimaces. all the lavish interiors and expensive meals can’t make up for the fact that she’s desperately unhappy in her role and her marriage, it seems. It also depicts a similar scene from the Season 4 finale of The Crown, in which Emma Corrin’s Diana bites back tears as she poses for a Christmas photo with the Windsors.
spencer is set on a pivotal weekend in the early 1990s.
According to Deadline, the upcoming film takes place over a period of three days in which Diana decides to separate from her husband, Prince Charles. “We decided to go into a story about identity and how a woman somehow decides not to be the queen. It’s a woman who, in the journey of the film, decides and realizes that she wants to be the woman she was before. She met Charles,” Larraín told Deadline.
Well, who was Diana before she got married? In Andrew Morton’s biography, Diana: The True Story of Her—In her own words, Diana described her pre-Charles days living in an apartment with friends as “the happiest time of her life.” basically, diana always wanted to be this happy again.
During the course of her true story, Diana defines herself as separated from the institution in which she was married. “The key is how she discovers during the process of making the film that what she really needs to do is be who she wants to be,” Larrain told Deadline. “And for that, it does not mean that she needs to be next to anyone, to be part of anything, but of herself and her own children of hers.”
The film will be based on biographical details from real life. Charles, then 32, and Diana, 20, married in an elaborate ceremony in 1981. After numerous marital difficulties, including infidelity perpetuated by both Charles and Diana, the couple separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996. One year after settling the divorce, Diana was killed in a tragic car accident. she was 36 years old.
spencer could even count as a (dark) Christmas movie.
if your favorite holiday movies are the ones that bring tears to your eyes, then spencer might be for you. Spencer is set during the holidays at Sandringham, so expect festive décor that doesn’t match the characters’ moods.
the script tries to capture who diana “really was”.
Speaking with variety, screenwriter Steven Knight revealed that his process for Spencer’s script included talking to people close to Diana, with the goal of creating an accurate portrayal. I just found it all fascinating. talking to people who knew her and trying to get a glimpse of this person, who this person really was, that she was an ordinary person in extraordinary situations, is how I think of her,” Knight said.
kristen stewart carefully worked on an English accent.
At the age of 18, Stewart rose to astronomical fame after being cast as Bella Swan in Stephanie Meyer’s adaptation of the Twilight novels. Since her time as a teen idol, the California-born actress has been linked to a number of edgy indie projects, including Lizzie (about notorious ax murderer Lizzie Borden) and Personal Shopper. She also starred in the Charlie’s Angels remake and the Christmas romantic comedy The Happiest Season.
Speaking to Deadline, director Larrain explained why Stewart is a perfect, if surprising, choice for the role of Diana. “To do this well, something very important is needed in cinema, which is mystery,” Larraín said later. “kristen can be a lot of things, and she can be very mysterious, very fragile, and ultimately also very strong, which is what we need.”
According to an interview with instyle, stewart promised to become reveille. As of October 2020, Stewart read two biographies and was tackling the accent. “The accent is intimidating as hell because people know that voice, and it’s so, so distinct and distinctive. I’m working on it now and I already have my dialect coach,” she said.
He also admitted that he felt pressure to do well. “It’s one of the saddest stories that ever was, and I don’t want to just play Diana, I want to know her implicitly,” Stewart told instyle. “By the way, I haven’t been this excited about playing a role in a long time.”
bet you want to know about the rest of the spencer cast.
the casting you were waiting for: jack farthing (poldark) will play prince charles. Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible-Fallout) will appear in unnamed roles.
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