‘Diana’ International Trailer: Last Days of a Beloved Icon

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 3:50 pm,

In September of 1997, seemingly the entire world reeled with shock over the news of Princess Diana of Wales’ death in a car accident. Even after she ended her supposedly fairy-tale marriage to Prince Charles, Diana remained a beloved world figure and an active proponent of various humanitarian causes.

Nonetheless, Diana was such a ubiquitous media draw that she spent much time hounded by and attempting to avoid paparazzi – especially when she began romantic relationships with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan and Egyptian billionaire Dodi Fayed. Her struggles with the effects of fame on her life and relationships during the final two years of her life are chronicled in the upcoming biopic Diana, which has released a new preview.

Diana is directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) from a script by Stephen Jeffreys (The Libertine). Naomi Watts (The Impossible) headlines the project as the titular princess. She is joined by Naveen Andrews (Lost) as Hasnat Khan, as well as Douglas Hodge (Robin Hood), Cas Anvar (Argo), and Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey).

Diana International Trailer Watts Andrews ‘Diana’ International Trailer: Last Days of a Beloved Icon

This newest, internationally focused trailer certainly gives audiences a better idea of what to expect from Diana than its initial teaser. Perhaps most surprising is the heavy focus on the budding romance between Diana and Dr. Khan – a pleasant surprise to be sure, because Naveen Andrews is a solid actor who could use the kind of exposure a prestige biopic can provide.

Of course, the big draw here is Watts as Diana herself – a performance that is difficult to judge from the trailers and will likely be inscrutable right up until the film opens. Will Diana bring her Oscar gold at last? We’ll have to wait until later this year to find out.


Diana will enter UK theaters on September 20th, 2013. There is still no firm US release date for the film, though it will likely appear before the end of 2013.

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  1. I loved Naomi Watts in Peter Jackson’s King Kong. This film doesn’t hold much interest for me, however, as I’ve never understood the attraction of “royalty”, nor was I a big fan of Diana.

    • I liked Diana. I like Kate, Prince William’s wife as well.

  2. I thought most white women don’t find men of pakistani/indian descent attractive

    • Actually, most don’t by my understanding (nothing against the people of either ethnic background, for gosh sakes), but most is not all. I am a white American political conservative, but I have found women of a number of different ethnic backgrounds attractive on occaision. No bias here.

  3. I had a feeling Naomi Watts will at least get an Oscar nominee for this. Biopic movies are usually safe bet for best lead/supporting actor/actress category

    • Unless the movie turns out a complete mess Watts is a lock for a nomination and a front-runner to win.

  4. I was afraid she would look a little too “frowsy”, but Watts I guess is OK, even if she does not quite remind me of Diana. I might watch this on Netflix…certainly better than watching the proposed “Hillary” (rhymes with “pillory”, which is where she ought to be).

    • Oh…the Hillary project(s) being sponsored by CNN/NBC. Aren’t they supposed to be completed and aired just in time for the next election?

      Gotta love it (not). They don’t even pretend to be unbiased and impartial anymore…

      • The head of the Republican Party threatened to boycott NBC and CNN if they go ahead and air the two Hillary shows, when it comes time to do the Presidential debates. None of the Republicans would appear on their events, and these two stations would not be allowed to broadcast the debates and other Republican events. Now we’re playing hardball…and why not? The Democrats should not have exclusive rights to pull the old “okie-doke” on the public and Republicans all the time, without consequences and collatoral damage.

        • Yes, I heard that. And how did CNN describe that move…as a “bullying” tactic by the GOP. Please.

          It’s about time someone plays hardball with the left, as they’ve been playing hardball with the right for years now, in both what they choose to report and how they report it, not to mention how they belittle, demonize, and stereotype others. Why do I feel the Republicans will eventually cave, though, as they so often do?

          • +1