Kristin Stewart will play the late Diana, Princess of Wales in an upcoming movie about the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles. Stewart, 30, is best known for her role in the Twilight saga films as well as films such as Charlie’s Angels, Adventureland, and Panic Room.
The news was reported by the Hollywood trade publication, Deadline, on Wednesday.
The film will focus over a three day time period in the early 1990s when Diana made the decision to part ways with Charles and remove herself from ever becoming queen – a decision that was seen as a bombshell by many. The two would each hold tell-all interviews discussing their marriage and Charles’s alleged affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, who is now the Duchess of Cornwall.
The couple separated in 1992 and divorced four years later in 1996 in what was an unprecedented move in modern times for an heir to the British throne. Charles’s siblings, the Princess Royal and the Duke of York, would also go through divorces during this same time period – Anne in 1992 and Andrew in 1996.
The independent movie is set to be directed by Chilean Pablo Larrian. With shooting expected to start in 2021, no other casting announcements have been made including who will play Prince Charles.
Larrian told Deadline: “When someone decides to not be the queen, and says, I’d rather go and be myself, it’s a big big decision, a fairy tale upside down.”
Larrain went on to add, “How and why do you decide to do that? It’s a great universal story that can reach millions and millions of people, and that’s what we want to do. We want to make a movie that goes wide, connects with a worldwide audience that is interested in such a fascinating life.”
Diana, Princess of Wales died in a Paris car crash in 1997 at the age of 36.