“I haven’t been this excited about playing a part, by the way, in so long.”
Kristen Stewart plays Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín’s Spencer. NEON dropped the first photo today and IT’S A VIBE.
Spencer is currently filming in Germany and the UK. Stewart told InStyle Magazine that she was anxiously trying to nail Princess Diana’s delicate tone, “The accent is intimidating as all hell because people know that voice, and it’s so, so distinct and particular.”
A huge fan of The Crown, Stewart has applauded Emma Corrin‘s performance as Princess Diana in Season 4. “I feel really lucky to have The Crown because I’ve emotionally invested in people that to me feel… like, I know that they’re real people, and there’s ample material to reinforce that and sort of remind yourself of that… but now I feel this emotional attachment to these characters and I have this accompaniment that I can go to sleep with and feel like, ‘Oh, God, I already have feelings about these people,’” Stewart told TheWrap. “That speaks to the show’s credit.”
Talking to InStyle she says, “I always just thought that this person was sort of stolen from us and I always had a curiosity about her,” Stewart says of Diana. “Every day that I unfold this story, the more emotionally invested I get.”
Kristen reveals, “I remember imagery from the funeral as a really little kid. I remember being really viscerally affected by that.”
Although we know Spencer struggled to find their Prince William, they seem to be moving forward on schedule… international lockdowns be damned!
The film was written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. “Working on the script has been a pleasure. I think it’s a different perspective on a story that we don’t all know well, but we all feel we now are a part of it,” Knight told Variety. “I just found the whole thing fascinating. To talk to people who knew her (Princess Diana) and to try and get a view of this person… who this person really was… who was an ordinary person in extraordinary situations, is the way I think of her.”
“Spencer is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life,” explains Stewart. “It is a physical assertion of the sum of her parts, which starts with her given name: Spencer. It is a harrowing effort for her to return to herself, as Diana strives to hold onto what the name Spencer means to her.”
Physically the movie is set in the 90’s and will explore Princess Diana’s final Christmas holiday with the royal family when she decides her marriage to Prince Charles is irrevocably damaged.
The cast also features Timothy Spall (Harry Potter fame), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible). I checked their IMDB pages but their roles have not been disclosed. Timothy Spall definitely gives off some Ken Wharfe (Diana’s Royal protection officer) vibes though!
Expect a fall 2021 launch! WE ARE SO EXCITED!!!