As the first images for Spencer are released, Vogue breaks down everything revealed about the Diana, Princess of Wales biopic to date.
Who will star in ‘Spencer’?
After Emma Corrin’s immaculate turn in the fourth season of The Crown, Kristen Stewart still step into the role of Diana – with auteur Pablo Larraín directing her in the part. Among his previous critically acclaimed biopics? Both Jackie (2016) and Neruda (2016). On January 27, the studio released the first image of Stewart in character – looking eerily similar to the late royal. However, Neon has yet to reveal details about the casting for any other members of the royal family.
What is the plot of ‘Spencer’?
Spencer will take place over a single Christmas holiday at Sandringham in the ’90s, when Diana decided to end her marriage to Prince Charles – with Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight penning the script. “It’s very contained,” Larraín previously told Deadline of the story. “They spent Christmas there for many years and that’s where we set the movie in the early ’90s, around 1992, we’re not specific. It’s Christmas Eve, Christmas and Boxing Day… We get to understand what it is she wants and what she will do.”
Larraín adds that Charles and Diana’s eventual divorce and the Princess’s tragic death will not form part of the story. “She died years after where our story is set and so we don’t deal with that,” he says. “It’s only three days of her life and in that very small amount of time, you’re able to get into a wider, bigger perspective of who she was. We all know her fate… and we don’t need to go there.”
Another key focus of the drama? Diana’s bond with her sons, Princes William and Harry. “The key is how she discovers during the process of the movie that what she really needs to do is be who she wants to be,” says Larraín. “And by that, it doesn’t mean she needs to be next to anyone, to be part of anything, but herself and her own children. Diana was many things, but chief among them, she was a great mother.”
When is the release date for ‘Spencer’?
Production is due to begin shortly, with the movie slated for release in the autumn of 2021. Notably, 2022 marks 25 years since Diana’s death.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk