Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts has just been given the royal task of bringing the late Princess Diana to the screen in the upcoming biopic Caught in Flight. The British-Australian star, who recently played Helen Gandy in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, said in a release, “It is such an honor 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 film, which will be produced by Ecosse Films, directed by Downfall‘s Oliver Hirschbiegel (who stated, regarding Watts’ casting, “‘I am delighted to have such a truly exceptional actress who embodies the warmth, humanity, and empathy of such a global icon as Princess Diana”) and written by The Libertine‘s Stephen Jeffreys, will reportedly focus on “the last two years of the princess’ life and charts how finding true personal happiness for the first time allowed her to evolve into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.” Previous reports cited that Jessica Chastain was going to play the iconic figure and that the film itself didn’t “cast [Lady Di] in a particularly favorable light.” (A notion that, perhaps, gave some EW readers reservations.)
The project is expected to begin production later this year.
[Originally reported in Variety]