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First Set Pics of Naomi Watts As An Uncanny Princess Di

Submitted by on July 3, 2012 – 9:18 amNo Comment

The first photos leaked from the set of the Princess Diana biopic Caught In Flight yesterday, and everyone is buzzing about what an perfect match star Naomi Watts (above, The Ring, King Kong) is for the deceased icon.

Indiewire reports that fire-haired Jessica Chastain was originally in line for the role, and I’m sure she would have been amazing and would have easily looked the part in a wig. But after Meryl Streep played Maggie Thatcher, maybe it’s right to have an actual Englishwoman play not just a beloved national figure, but the mother of the future British monarch. (Though personally, I think Emily Blunt showed in The Five-Year Engagement that she would have been the best choice.)

The same article explains that the film reportedly follows the princess towards the end of her life:

Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (“Downfall,” “Five Minutes Of Heaven“) and written by Steven Jeffreys (“The Libertine“), the film will focus on Diana’s affair with Dr. Hasnat Kahn (played by “Lost” star Naveen Andrews) that lasted from 1995 until a few months before her death in 1997. He was regarded by many to be the love of her life, and she was said to be devastated when the relationship was over, with some speculating that she dated Dodi Fayed in order to make him jealous. And, the script will play into that, reportedly portraying the Princess “as a damaged person who stalks the doctor after he ends the affair.”

What do you think? Was Watts a good choice?

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