Naomi Watts has revealed she nearly decided against playing the late Diana, Princess of Wales, due to how Prince William and Prince Harry would feel about the film.
“The biggest reason that made me pause was how the princes were going to feel about this,” the 44-year-old told the Sunday Times.
The oscar-nomimated actress also revealed she turned down the role twice before accepting the job.
“I was a little bit torn, but once I’d said no, I wasn’t completely at peace,” she said. “Sometimes when you say no, you feel free, but it just wasn’t the case.”
The upcoming biopic titled ‘Diana” will tell the story of the late Princess’ final two years before her untimely death. Naomi, who was most recently nominated for an oscar for her role in The Impossible, has explained how being a mother herself made her consider how Diana’s sons William and Harry would feel about the film.
“I do care deeply about how the princes feel, of course,” Naomi told the paper. “I am a mum of two boys. But it was a story that was bound to be told at some point, and it’s possibly fresher than people expected.”
The film revolves around the relationship the late Princess had with Doctor Hasnat Khan in the two years before her death. Hasnat has dismissed the movie as being based on “hypotheses and gossip.”
“It’s based on gossip and Diana’s friends talking about a relationship that they didn’t know much about,” he told the Mail on Sunday.
‘Diana’ will be released in September and the world premiere will take place in London.