The film reportedly takes place over the course of three days during one of Diana's final Christmas holidays in the House of Windsor in their Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England.
Kristen Stewart is gearing up to walk a mile in Princess Diana's shoes for an upcoming movie that will focus on the late princess' split from Prince Charles. According to Deadline, the project titled Spencer—Diana’s family name before she met and married the Prince of Wales—covers a critical weekend in the early 90s when the mother-of-two comes to the painful realization that her marriage wasn't working. The action reportedly takes place over the course of three days during one of her final Christmas holidays in the House of Windsor in their Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England.
Kristen Stewart to play Princess Diana in new film https://t.co/4QSUHmXTp5— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 17, 2020
"I’ve always been intrigued and fascinated by the Royal Family and how things are in that culture, which we don’t have where I come from," director Pablo Larrain told the publication. "Diana is such a powerful icon, where millions and millions of people, not just women, but many people around the world felt empathy toward her in her life. We decided to get into a story about identity, and around how a woman decides somehow, not to be the queen. She’s a woman who, in the journey of the movie, decides and realizes that she wants to be the woman she was before she met Charles."
"It’s 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," he explained. "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."
Speaking of casting Stewart for the role, Larrain said he chose her because she is one of the great actors around today. "To do this well, you need something very important in film, which is mystery. Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile and ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need. The combination of those elements made me think of her. The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it’s very beautiful to see. I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature," he said.
Pablo Larraín on casting Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in his next film: "I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature."— The Film Stage 📽 (@TheFilmStage) June 18, 2020
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Meanwhile, the film has already faced quite a bit of criticism online for casting choices and the time period in which it is set. Moreover, according to Daily Mail, it also has some historical errors. While Larrrain suggested the Spencer could be set in 1992, the British tabloid claims that was the one and only year when Diana was not at Sandringham on Christmas Day at all. She reportedly decided not to go as it had only been two weeks since she and Charles had formally parted. Since Diana couldn't bear to spend a night under the same roof as her estranged husband, she is said to have spent the holiday with her brother Earl Spencer and his young family at her ancestral home, Althorp, in Northamptonshire.