Diana is an upcoming biopic about the iconic royal figure – Princess Diana. This new film focuses on the last two years of her life after being divorced from Prince Charles. Diana stars Naomi Watts who will be playing Princess Diana in the film. Alongside her are Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge and Geraldine James. Diana is already garnering tons of buzz from audiences and critics around the world. This new film will surely be put under the microscope once it premieres in cinemas this September. Check out the latest buzz below:
“Naomi Watts on Playing Princess Diana
The British-Australian actress, 44, admits the claim will sound unusual, but says the experience left her feeling more comfortable in the title role of the movie Diana.
Playing the Princess was, says Watts, her hardest ever role.
The blonde actress, whose previous film roles have included The Impossible and Mulholland Drive, feared that she was not physically similar enough to Diana, who died in 1997.
‘There was a lot of hesitation on my part before I agreed to do it,’ she says in The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine today.
‘Obviously I was taking on one of the most famous women of my time, and an awful lot of pressure comes with that.
You want to get it right, and everybody is going to have an opinion on the film and how she should be portrayed. It’s very daunting.
‘But then I also knew the best roles come with a risk. In the end, I decided that I couldn’t not do it. This was a story that had to be told – it’s an important story – but it was definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s as close as I ever want to get to a character.’
The biopic, which opens next month, focuses on the final two years of Diana’s life and includes details of her relationships following her divorce from Prince Charles – notably with Dodi Fayed and with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan.
Dr Khan, played by Lost actor Naveen Andrews, met Diana in 1995 and their relationship is understood to have grown very intense – even talking of marriage together and starting a new life in Australia.
Producer Robert Bernstein has explained how the film-makers approached the relationship sensitively after discussions with Hasnat and his family.
He said: ‘The way we are treating the relationship is one of a romantic and tender nature, in keeping with how we feel about Diana and her life.
‘It’s a very aspirational, sympathetic portrait and not voyeuristic. Our sense of their relationship was that it was very spiritual and sensitive, as well as difficult, obviously. We are handling it very sensitively.’
Watts adds that her own approach involved a great deal of research, including meeting many of Diana’s friends. ‘It meant I could pick up little details and make sure I was doing it right,’ she says.”
Check out this link to read the rest of the article at The Daily Mail.
Diana is directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and is scheduled to be released on September 20th 2013.
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