Naomi Watts’ ‘Diana’ Biopic Lands a Release Date

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Little has been said about Diana, director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s film about the late Princess of Wales. Naomi Watts stars in the title role, but other than a pair of trailers showcasing the actress’s transformation into the iconic figure, the film’s marketing campaign has remained mum, despite its looming September release date in the UK.

The film’s status as a potential awards contender is obvious, given the Academy Awards’ penchant for celebrating performances that aim to imitate capture the essence of real-life people. In recent years, stars like Jamie Foxx (Ray), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) have walked away with Oscar gold for doing just that, and this latest news makes it clear that Diana hopes to place Watts in their company.

Entertainment One – the studio behind Diana – has announced plans to release the film to a limited number of theaters on November 1, before expanding to additional theaters in the following weeks. Written by playwright Stephen Jeffreys, the film is based on the book Diana: Her Last Love by Kate Snell and chronicles the last two years of Diana’s life, including her divorce from Prince Charles and untimely death in 1997.

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The release date certainly follows a common trajectory for an awards contender, as such films often open slowly in the hopes of building buzz. Hirschbiegel is perhaps best known for the Oscar-nominated foreign film Downfall, and Watts is a past nominee as well for both 21 Grams and The Impossible. So there’s certainly reason for the studio to place their hopes in Diana.

However, this Oscar season may prove to be a crowded one, with releases like Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine (starring the equally Oscar-friendly Cate Blanchett), David O. Russell’s American Hustle and Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis still on the horizon. Biopics have largely proven to receive awards almost exclusively for their lead performances – after all, in many cases, the people are the story itself – but Diana’s is a tale that the general public is perhaps more familiar with than most.

In fact, media scrutiny placed an integral part in the final chapters of her life (the same period the film covers). Therefore, Diana may run the risk of telling a story that a large segment of moviegoers already know all too well. The film may have to prove itself more than merely a showcase for Watts’ performance work to truly stand out among the crowd.

Diana also stars Naveen Andrews (Lost), Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards and Juliet Stevenson.

Are you looking forward to Diana? Sound off in the comments section below.

As mentioned above, Diana will hit U.S. theaters in limited release on November 1, 2013.

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  1. Disgusting that they make a film about this. I honestly will never know how England puts up with all that royalty BS. I mean come on. The fact that people lost their sh*t over princess kate having a baby, that will one inevitably rule over all of them, is beyond puzzling to me. Why do you guys support this? Yet you’re over there laughing at us for the Kardashians, but at least they don’t rule over us.

    • It’s because the Kardashians never came from a family that ruled over the US at any time in history.

      Up until Queen Elizabeth II (our current monarch), royalty shared rulership over England with the Prime Minister, sometimes overruling his decisions but never overstepping the mark in respect for democratic elections and laws being discussed and passed.

      It’s more tradition than anything these days. I say this as someone who doesn’t see the point in a monarchy in this country any more and who is one of millions in the UK who didn’t give a damn about the Royal Wedding or the birth of the new prince.

      I guess it’s better to be obsessed with a family that has roots in a traditional role of leadership of the country than to be obsessed by a bunch of people who couldn’t even be classed as real celebrities but are treated like goddesses in the media, despite bringing no real worth to the planet.

      • Hmm, comment awaiting moderation. Didn’t say anything bad, just explained the difference between the Windsors and the Kardashians despite my own opinion being “what’s the point in a monarchy these days?”.

        I despair of the UK a lot of the time because this country’s becoming as celebrity-obsessed as the US when 90% of those celebs being talked about aren’t even real celebs and come from reality shows instead.

      • I get what your saying, but why do you put up with “tradition?” That’s why we broke free from you guys. Of course we had the whole slavery thing, and civil rights thing. So we arent any better. Plus a majority of this country that isn’t CA or NY, is very racist.

        But to get back to the point, at least we can ignore the Kardashians. You couldn’t ignore the royal family if you tried. The Queen’s face is on your money. And maybe not you, but your country seems to be totally okay with that, and they totally embrace that this horrible family rules over you for absolutely no good reason.

        And you mentioned this, but kate is a total gold digger. And you guys praise her as if she’s some type of saint. (By “you guys” I’m not talking about you specifically) And your media calls her the most beautiful woman in the world. When she isn’t beautiful. She’s average at best. I see women on the streets of NY that would blow her away. Not to mention that kate was a loose party girl. I think hussy is the only word I can get away with saying on here.

        Clearly these people have never looked at women like Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Mila Kunis, Rihanna. Those are beautiful women.

        • What a load of nonsensical rubbish. The royals barely factor in our daily lives at all. They are there for the tourists and serve a purpose in bolstering that trade and our economy. That’s it. They have pretty much literally no power or say. I’m starting to notice that comments on this site are getting dumber every single day.

          • If they have no power, why do pay for everything they do? Why do pay for them to have a gigantic disney wedding? Why can the queen just demand a 5 million dollar raise, just bc she wants it? Why doesn’t she have to work for it? Why do you have to bow to them? How is a baby that can’t even speak or think automatically a prince? Why do they get to live in a castle that you pay for? Why do they have armed guards everywhere they go? The mere fact that you refer to them as royalty, meaning they are better than you, is ridiculous to me. But yeah, they don’t have any power at all.

    • Nobody rules over anybody over here. Don’t know what you’re talking about.

  2. Oh and my opinion of this movie?

    I won’t watch. Sure, she did some good things with charity work but Diana wasn’t the perfect person by any means and shouldn’t be put on a pedestal as much as she is.

    I also never believed any of those silly conspiracies about her death.

    • Well I have my own conspiracy about her death. I’m not sure if it’s one of the ones you’re referring to. But it was no accident.

  3. The only way im watching this is if Treadstone is behind the “accident” and 007 has to catch Bourne

  4. I love Naomi watts, one of the worlds most beautiful and talented women in my eyes. I’ll watch this

  5. Please Show in the US I love the beauty of this woman’s character, if anything, it might inspire some young ladies to be more in touch with their own inner beauty rather than focus completely on the outside appearance. It would be a mistake not to show this film!!!!!

  6. Please bring the princess back to America.