The first teaser trailer for Diana, director Oliver Hirschbiegel‘s biopic of the late Princess of Wales has been unveiled online, giving us a first look at two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts in the title role.
Penned by Steven Jeffreys (The Libertine) the upcoming biopic Diana is the first feature film to take the so-called People’s Princess as its principal subject, nearly 16 years after her death.
Watts actually looks legitimately like Princess Di, but she’s the only one they show in this first little tease. The cast includes Lost star Naveen Andrews as Dr. Hasnat Kahn, whom the Princess referred to as Mr Wonderful, the heart surgeon with whom she had an affair that lasted from 1995 until a few months before her death in 1997. The film will focus primarily on their relationship.
Besides, Canadian actor Cas Anvar will play Diana’s better known lover, Egyptian millionaire Dodi Fayed, who died along with her in the famous 1997 car crash.
Diana, originally Caught in Flight, is set to open on September 20th, 2013 in the UK, while Entertainment One hasn’t set a US release date yet.
Check out his brief glimpse of Diana being hounded by paparazzi with triumphant music for ‘The People’s Princess’.
Here’s the official synopsis for Diana:
DIANA takes audiences into the private realm of one the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women — the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar® nominee NAOMI WATTS) — in the last two years of her meteoric life. On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar®-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (NAVEEN ANDREWS, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light.
Hirschbiegel directs from a screenplay by award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys, inspired by the book Diana: Her Last Love by Kate Snell, which was in turn drawn from extensive interviews with close friends and confidantes. The result is a window into the tumultuous, change-filled period from 1995-1997, in the wake of Diana’s shattering divorce from Prince Charles, and at the moment when she stood on the cusp of a different life, evolving into a global humanitarian, a master of maneuvering fame and becoming her own woman.
eOne Films proudly presents DIANA, which will be released this Fall. The film is produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae of Ecosse Films (Nowhere Boy, Wuthering Heights, Mrs Brown). Matt Delargy and James Saynor (also of Ecosse) co-produce alongside Paul Ritchie. The executive producers are Tim Haslam, Mark Woolley and Xavier Marchand. Journalist and documentary filmmaker Kate Snell serves as associate producer. The cast, led by Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews, also includes Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards and Juliet Stevenson.