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Jul 4, 2012

"Caught in Flight" - day 2 of filming in Croatia Jul 3, 2012

Naomi Watts takes on Princess Diana's most iconic look in plunging dress and jewels in first official shot from new movie

By Mike Larkin, 4 July 2012

With her blonde hair perfectly coiffed, a jewelled choker sitting around her neck and a plunging black dress highlighting her slim frame, there is certainly no confusion about which role Naomi Watts is taking in on her new movie.

In the first official picture from the upcoming movie about Princess Diana, Naomi takes on what was arguably the late princess' trademark look.

The official shot has emerged after it was announced that the movie, previously reported to be called Caught In Flight, will go by the title of just Diana.

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Yesterday, Naomi was seen wearing one of Diana's most iconic outfits as she sported the plunging dress and jewels to film a dinner party scene for the movie in Croatia.

Naomi was locked in conversation at the recreation of a black tie event attended by the then troubled royal.

She appears to be completely flinging herself into the role after initially feeling apprehensive about taking the part.

However, it seems the chance to work with German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, who is famous for his portrayal of the last days of Hitler in his bunker in Downfall, was too good to turn down.

The acclaimed filmmaker said that Naomi is ‘a truly exceptional actress’ who embodies ‘the warmth, humanity and empathy’ of the ‘global icon’ Princess Diana.

And she was certainly working hard to make sure her performance at the nighttime dinner party scenes was note perfect.

She was seen spending much of the day preparing, and was locked in discussions with Oliver about the best way to approach filming the important scenes.

The film is a particularly difficult balancing act, as it follows the last two years of the tragic royal’s life before her death in 1997.

The film is thought to focus on her relationship with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan and also looks at her time with Dodi Fayed, who she was with at the time she died. The movie will include her death, aged 36, in a car in a Paris tunnel in 1997 with Dodi.

Miss Watts, who at the start of her career starred in Australian daytime soap Home and Away, has admitted she is ‘absolutely terrified’ of playing the part of the princess.

The Oscar-nominated actress has said of her controversial new role: 'She is a part of our history, an incredible woman and fascinating but a tragic ending.

'The film-makers came to me and it’s a good script and it’s very scary and I kind of wanted to say "no" but I couldn’t.'

Miss Watts moved to London’s Kensington to prepare for the role and was said to have visited Diana’s favourite places -such as The Harbour Club and Beauchamp Place - as part of the preparations to get into character.

Filming of Diana comes after news that another movie about the tragic princess has been scrapped.

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emma said...

Thank you for Naomi.

santos said...

Naomi, my love, love you in this film.

alexander said...

I look forward to this exciting movie. I hope it will give Naomi the award she deserves for a long time.

tess said...

Is the Weinstein Brothers going to get this movie? I really wish it's true.

amy said...

She looks beautiful and graceful playing the princess with 85% likeness.

Karen said...

Naomi Watts really looks younger and much more beautiful than the 36 years old Diana.

robocop said...

I can bet this is going to be a fantastic movie!