Jessica Chastain Set to Lead Princess Diana Biopic 'Caught in Flight'
This year has been full of fantastic performances from Jessica Chastain in a handful of films like Take Shelter, The Help and The Tree of Life, but her next film will see her taking on royalty. Thompson on Hollywood has word from the American Film Market that the actress will play the late, iconic Princess Diana in a biopic called Caught in Flight which will chronicle her secret two-year love affair with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn that wasn't revealed until 2008. Being dramatically sold as a "love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man" the film is set to start pre-production in March of 2012.
The love affair started back in 1995 whe Diana was visiting a friend recovering from heart surgery in the Royal Brompton Hospital and the sparks flew. Apparently the relationship became so serious over the course of two years that Princess Diana was even thinking of converting to Islam, but eventually Kahn ended the relationship. The film will follow the beginning and the end of their love, but it's not clear if the story will span up to Diana's tragic death after a fatal car crash in Paris. When it comes to projects out of AFM, there's still a chance this project may not get off the ground as soon as producers hoped, but with a desired talent like Jessica Chastain involved, the project from Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel could actually end up going forward after all. Stay tuned.