The first image from Pablo Larrain’s ‘Spencer’, features Stewart in one of Diana’s iconic red-coat looks, believed to be from 1993. Besides grabbing attention, the captivating shot is bound to stir royal- and fashion-watchers alike.
First announced during the 2020 virtual Cannes Market, the film – scripted by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locked Down) — is set over a critical weekend in the early 90s when Diana decided that she needed to end her marriage to Prince Charles.
The drama takes place over three days in one of her last Christmas holidays as a member of the House of Windsor and at their Sandringham estate.
Newly-announced cast members joining Stewart including Timothy Spall (Mr Turner), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Fallout).
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart said of the film, “Spencer is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life.”
“It is a physical assertion of the sum of her parts, which starts with her given name: Spencer. It is a harrowing effort for her to return to herself, as Diana strives to hold onto what the name Spencer means to her,” she added.
According to reports, the film won’t deal with Diana’s death after she left the palace life, but will examine the fading bond with her husband, and her love for her sons.
“It is about finding herself, about understanding that possibly the most important thing for her is to be well and to be with herself and by herself. That’s why the movie is called ‘Spencer’, which is the family name she had before she met Charles. It’s very contained, set over a few days in Sandringham. They spent Christmas there for many years and that’s where we set the movie in the early ’90s, around 1992, we’re not specific. It’s Christmas Eve, Christmas and Boxing Day, three days, very contained. We get to understand what it is she wants and what she will do,” director Larraín explained.