Everything We Know About 'Spencer,' Kristen Stewart's New Princess Diana Movie

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Laura Hanrahan
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Photo credit: Neon
Photo credit: Neon

From Cosmopolitan

Okay royal fans, buckle your seatbelts, because I've got some pretty exciting news: you'll be getting even more Princess Diana content very soon (eek!) and it's all thanks to the upcoming movie Spencer. The movie, as you probably already guessed, gets its name from Princess Di's maiden name (you know, before she became a princess), and it's set to take a look at a very short yet very important time in Diana's life that changed her path entirely.

With some of the star-studded cast already announced and a killer team on the writing and production side of things, this movie has got me wanting to be able to watch it, like, now. But in the meantime, here's absolutely everything we know about Spencer so far.

Photo credit: Tim Graham
Photo credit: Tim Graham

Kristen Stewart is taking on the role of Princess Di.

K-Stew might not have been your first guess to play the iconic English princess but TBH.... she might be perfect. I mean, who could relate more to being absolutely swarmed by paparazzi and public interest than Kristen, who got to experience that first-hand during her Twilight days? Like, there was a while where she couldn't go anywhere without being hounded.

Neon, one of the production companies behind the upcoming movie, put out a first-look photo and, you guys, Kristen has absolutely nailed Princess Di's look. Like, I'm not even exaggerating when I say they could be twins.

Photo credit: Neon
Photo credit: Neon

There is one teeeensy little problem Kristen might have though: she's American. And even though she's had some practice acting with a British accent from her role in Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen told InStyle last year that trying to master Diana's signature voice has taken a lot of work. "The accent is intimidating as all hell because people know that voice, and it's so, so distinct and particular," she said. "I'm working on it now and already have my dialect coach."

But not to worry because the movie's director, Pablo Larraín, seems pretty confident that she's going to crush it.

"The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it’s very beautiful to see," he said in an interview with Variety. "I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature."

Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin
Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin

So far Timothy Spall, Sally Hawkins, and Sean Harris have also signed on to star in the movie, but there's no word yet on exactly what roles they will play.

It takes place over one very important weekend.

This won't be another rehashing of Diana's entire whirlwind of a life and her tragic untimely death (although even if it were, I would still watch it). Instead, it focuses on one very important December weekend in the early '90s, when Diana decided that her marriage to Charles was officially over.

Photo credit: Tim Graham
Photo credit: Tim Graham

We'll get to see Diana dealing with her empty relationship as well as her unbreakable love for her sons, all over the course of three days during one of the last Christmases that she spent with the royal family at their Sandringham estate.

No, it won't be the same as The Crown.

If you loved the most recent season of The Crown then chances are you're going to love this movie, too. But don't worry, it won't be too similar. In fact, the movie's writer, Steven Knight (who also created Peaky Blinders, so you know he's good at British dramas) told Variety that he purposely didn't watch the new season of The Crown because he didn't want their telling of Diana's story to influence his own.

“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 “And I just found the whole thing fascinating. To talk to people who knew her 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."

Photo credit: Julian Parker
Photo credit: Julian Parker

Production is happening this year.

We already know that Kristen has got the Diana look down, but actual production of the movie is supposed to be happening soon. Filming is scheduled to take place this year in Germany and the U.K. and the movie is, coronavirus willing, supposed to come out this coming fall. Bless, we've all got something to look forward to.

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