Kristen Stewart has shared her thoughts on the story of Princess Diana, deeming it ‘one of the saddest to exist ever’.
The star is preparing to play the late royal in an upcoming film, Spencer, and has shared her thoughts on portraying the Princess in the early 90s when her marriage to the Prince Of Wales was crumbling.
Twilight star Stewart, 30, said that while production is scheduled to begin in mid-January (mind you, is anything really running on schedule at the moment?) she’s already hitting the books hard to research and prepare for the role.
She told InStyle: ‘The accent is intimidating as all hell because people know that voice, and it’s so, so distinct and particular. I’m working on it now and already have my dialect coach.
‘In terms of research, I’ve gotten through two and a half biographies, and I’m finishing all the material before I actually go make the movie.
‘It’s one of the saddest stories to exist ever, and I don’t want to just play Diana – I want to know her implicitly. I haven’t been this excited about playing a part, by the way, in so long.’
Spencer, which will be directed by Pablo Larraín, will depict a weekend which sees Diana decide her marriage to Prince Charles (which ended with separation in 1992, before the pair divorced in 1996) isn’t working.
Larraín previously told Deadline of the decision for Stewart to play Lady Di: ‘Kristen is one of the great actors around today. To do this well, you need something very important in film, which is mystery.
‘Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile an ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need. The combination of those elements made me think of her.
‘The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it’s very beautiful to see. I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature.’
It’s said the movie will focus on Diana’s relationship with Prince Charles, as well as with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry rather than her tragic death in 1997, when she was killed in a car crash in Paris.
The director continued to the publication: ‘We believe that this is a movie that could create interest around the planet. This is a beloved, iconic women and we have everything in front of us to do a beautiful movie and we are working very hard to get it made.’
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