Naomi Watts is Replacing Jessica Chastain in Princess Diana Biopic

February 9, 2012

Princess Diana / Naomi Watts

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.

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I thought Naomi was Australian? I'm confused. 

Traveler on Feb 9, 2012


Yes, yes she is. :

Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012


Naomi is one of those hybrid types. Born in Britain, raised in Australia and is considered Australian. Another example of that senario is Cliff Richard; he's considered British despite being born in India.

Spike on Feb 9, 2012


 As Spike indicated, she's British born. Hence the ties to the United Kingdom.

Ethan Anderton on Feb 9, 2012


I'm sorry, but I thought Jessica Chastain was perfect to play Diana. Not only because she resembles her more than Watts, there's also a very specific classy look and elegance about her.

Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012


There is blood of speciality in veins of great actors and actresses and noami watts is queen of them. Her performance in molhaland drive is unbelievable. I very like him in funny games also. King kong without her have something lost. I think she can act any role she want. I wish she and Kidman play in together in one dramatic movie. I think choosing of her for this role can bringing back her to nomination for Oscar. When Sandra bullak get Oscar why noami watts can't has it?(also like bullak)

Ehsan Davoodi on Feb 9, 2012


I never loved her, I always thought she was as inbred looking as the rest of them, well maybe not as mutated as the Royals themselves. Sadly for her, she was a publicity stunt, her whole life seemed to be one, even ended on a fairly spectacular front pager. I bet a lot of people with severe mental health problems will like this and all those Aids babies she touched for the cameras. Probably add it to my Netflix anyway........

Crapola on Feb 9, 2012


Crapola get a life seriously.

reader23 on Feb 9, 2012


I am trying but the wheelchair makes it hard to meet people that don't just see the chair. That is why movies are so important to me.

Crapola on Feb 10, 2012


I'm surprised they waited this long.

Max Renn on Feb 11, 2012

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