June 12, 2013
*video credit: msn
“I couldn’t say no,” said Watts. “Despite the fear involved in saying yes. (She was) a fascinating woman who lived an extraordinary life and a piece of history that was eventually going to be told. It focuses on the last couple years of her life and she did a lot of incredible things in those last two years. Again, it felt like a wonderful character study.”
Everyone knows that when you hire a famous person to star in a biopic of another famous person, the first thing we all want to know is how convincingly one has managed to turn into the other. So in unveiling this first tease of the upcoming biopic Diana, Entertainment One has smartly kept Naomi Watts's face away from the camera until about halfway through, and only given us a close-up in the final moment, intended to make us all gasp and say "Oh my god, that's Diana!"
And the effect pretty much works, though it's hard not to see Watts's face instead of Diana's within this brief teaser. The film, at one point called Caught in Flight, recently went through the sale gauntlet at Cannes and released its first official image, which relies largely on a mid-90s bouffant hairstyle to sell the similarity.
If you're dreading yet another film all about the royal family, don't worry-- Diana focuses on the part of the Princess of Wales's life after her divorce from Prince Charles, when she devoted her time to eradicating land mines and got into two romantic relationships. Lost's Naveen Andrews-- who you can glimpse very briefly in this teaser-- will play Pakistani heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan, while Cas Anvar will play Dodi Fayed, who died along with Diana in the famous 1997 car crash. The many shots here of Diana being hounded by paparazzi, and of her apparently running away from them, suggest that this won't just be a biopic about all the amazing acts of the People's Princess, but about how her huge cultural profile changed her life… and at least contributed to her death.
"Diana" will open in U.K. theaters in September. A U.S. release date has not yet been set, but Entertainment One, which acquired the American rights to the film last month, has said it's planning one for later this year.