Naomi Watts will bring Princess Diana back to life on the big screen in Diana, and if you're curious how she does, you can get a sneak peek in this exclusive clip. The film, which premieres stateside on Nov. 1, is based on Kate Snell's 2001 book Diana: Her Last Love. Thanks to the movie, nostalgic royal watchers can get a look at Diana's clandestine relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan, a Pakistani heart surgeon Diana dated between 1995 and 1997. And as we can see in this clip, Diana reportedly tried her best to keep the affair a secret. Ahead of Diana's American debut, the filmmakers have also created a Diana the Movie Tumblr, which provides some good side-by-side pictures of the people's princess and Naomi. Watch the clip and weigh in: do you think she's captured Diana?
Naomi Watts was a vision in white at the world premiere of Diana in London on Thursday evening. She walked the red carpet in a stunning Versace gown and looked every bit the regal beauty as she posed for photos with her costar Naveen Andrews and Chopard copresident Caroline Scheufele, whose brand's jewelry was featured throughout the film. The biopic will be released in the US in November and follows the last two years of Princess Diana's life, including the end of her marriage to Prince Charles, relationship with Pakistani Dr. Hasnat Khan, and untimely death in a 1997 car crash.
Naomi opened up about playing Diana in a recent interview, revealing that she turned down the iconic role twice in the past because she was "a little bit torn" about the way it would be received by the royal family, especially Diana's two sons, William and Harry. "I do care deeply about how the princes feel, of course," Naomi said, adding, "There was something very intriguing about this woman's life. It was extraordinary."
The first teaser for Diana only let us look at Naomi Watts as Princess Diana, but in the full trailer, we get to hear her speak — and get a glimpse of the plot of the movie. In the full trailer, we see Diana's life after her marriage to Prince Charles ends, and like most divorcées, she gets back on the horse and meets someone new, Dr. Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews), a heart surgeon, and falls for him. Alas, Diana was not like other divorcées, and in the trailer, we see the obstacles to her relationship and happiness unfold, like the paparazzi and constant public speculation of her life.
I would be interested in this movie even if it wasn't about such an esteemed historical figure; the focus on her relationship is as compelling as any other romantic drama, though I am curious about whether we'll see other aspects of her life as a royal. The movie still doesn't have a US release date, but you can check out the trailer now after the jump.
Naomi Watts does a very convincing job of looking like Princess Di in the teaser for Diana, and in these new images of Watts in character, the resemblance is even more striking. They also add more to the dialogue-free trailer, showing us embraces of her with her love Dr. Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews) and a particularly harrowing picture of her running from photographers. Check them all out now.
Want to see if Naomi Watts can pull off playing Princess Diana? The Oscar-nominated actress takes on the royal role in the upcoming biopic Diana, and the first teaser shows a hint of footage, but no dialogue yet. The movie is set to follow her from 1995 to her tragic death in 1997. It will focus on her relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews) after her divorce from Charles, her humanitarian works, and her campaign against landmines.
It's interesting to see Watts as Diana, not just because of their physical resemblance, but because I really think she's going to be able to pull off Diana's presence. Hopefully we'll hear Watts speak in the next trailer, plus a bit more about the story, but for now I'll settle for watching this on repeat. The movie comes out in the US on Nov. 1, but be sure to catch the teaser after the jump.
Naomi Watts made a dramatic transformation for her role as Princess Diana in Diana on set in London today. She sported brown locks to rehearse a romantic rendezvous scene with Naveen Andrews, who's playing Dr. Hasnat Khan. Diana and Hasnat went to great lengths to keep their relationship quiet, with Diana reportedly changing her hair color to throw off the cameras. It's a different look for Naomi, who has been filming with a blond 'do since the beginning of July. She did break from work for a family vacation to Saint-Tropez, where she and husband Liev Schreiber showed PDA during a stroll with their sons, Sasha and Kai.
Naomi Watts got into her royal role as Princess Diana in her upcoming movie, Diana, today in Hertfordshire, England. She arrived on set wearing a heavy robe that she later shed to reveal a modest blue suit. We first caught a glimpse of Naomi as Princess Diana in early June when she reported to set in London, and she has been hard at work since. She did, however, break for a Summer vacation. Naomi shared PDA with Liev Schreiber and spent downtime with their two sons during their family getaway to Saint-Tropez in mid-July. She is now back to focusing on Diana, which details two years of the late princess's life.
A Bella Donna is more than just a pretty face. Sometimes she starts a trend, other times her impact isn't realized until decades after her debut. And then there are a few who become legendary, like this week's choice, Diana, Princess of Wales. Born Diana Spencer, she was not the "commoner" many people initially imagined her to be; she was born into an aristocratic family, which was a requirement for her to marry Charles, Prince of Wales. Their 1981 wedding was watched by almost one billion people, and their divorce was a hot tabloid topic. But Diana's charity work showed her great compassion, and her death—which happened ten years ago tomorrow—plunged the world into sorrow.
From her early days in the media spotlight to her unexpected death, Diana's personal style inspired countless women to copy her look. Most women couldn't afford her luxurious ballgowns, but they could manage to mimic her short blonde hairstyle. In the early '80s, she favored a feathered look, but it always kept up with the times—often setting off trends with a snip of the scissors. She didn't have a perfect life; she struggled with depression, bulimia and a failed marriage. Still—and maybe partly because of her resilience—she remains one of the 20th century's most influential beauties. Diana would have been 46 this past July.