Naomi Watts is Replacing Jessica Chastain in Princess Diana Biopic
by Ethan Anderton
February 9, 2012
Inititally, the hardest working actress of 2011, Jessica Chastain, had been lined up to play the late Princess Diana in a new biopic called Caught in Flight, which is said to chronicle her secret two-year love affair with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn that wasn't revealed until 2008. However, a press release from Ecosse Films now reveals that Naomi Watts, last seen in J. Edgar, has landed the role instead. Perhaps director Oliver Hirschbegel thought it better to have a native o the United Kingdom play the Princess of Wales, or maybe Chastain's schedule was just too full for a deal to pan out. Either way, it's still a good casting choice.
Watts says, "It is such an honour to be able to play this iconic role – Princess Diana was loved across the world, and I look forward to rising to the challenge of playing her on screen." The story is being tauted as a "love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man," but that seems a little melodramatic. 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.