Spencer: first poster released for Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana film

A first poster has been released for Spencer, the forthcoming film about three days in the life of Diana, princesa de Gales, starring Kristen Stewart and directed by Pablo Larraín. The poster comes a week before the biopic is due to premiere at Venice film festival.

The image appears to show Stewart bent double and weeping into a vast white gown, likely to be a version of the “Diaghilev” gown Diana Spencer wore on occasions such as a visit to the Royal Opera House and the film premiere of The Living Daylights. It was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who also created her wedding dress.

Written by Steven Knight, whose credits include critical hits such as Dirty Pretty Things, Locke and Peaky Blinders, as well as less well-received films Serenity and Locked Down, Spencer is said to unfold over a long weekend over the Christmas holidays in 1991 at Sandringham. The plot pivots on Diana’s decision – apparently made during this time – to end her marriage to Prince Charles (who is played in the film by Poldark’s Jack Farthing).

Timothy Spall and Sean Harris also feature. Larraín’s best-known comparable project is Jackie, his acclaimed study of Jackie Kennedy, starring Natalie Portman.

The film is the second feature with cinematic release to attempt to cover the life of the late princess, following the much-ridiculed Diana, starring Naomi Watts, en 2013.

mientras tanto, new pictures of Elizabeth Debicki, who takes over the role of Diana for the fifth season of Netflix show The Crown, recently emerged.

A Broadway musical about Diana’s life is set to open later this year; a Netflix recording of a performance will be released on 1 octubre. Jeanna de Waal stars in the title role; song titles include Whatever Love Means Anyway and Here Comes James Hewitt. The same actor, Judy Kaye, plays both Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Barbara Cartland.

Moving on from Diana, the 78th Venice film festival opens on Tuesday with Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, Parallel Mothers, in which he reunites with Penélope Cruz.

Other key premieres include Denis Villeneuve’s reimagining of Dune starring Timothée Chalamet and Oscar Isaac, Ridley Scott’s 14th-century epic The Last Duel with Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, an adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel The Lost Daughter, starring Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson and Paul Mescal.

Isaac will also be seen opposite Tiffany Haddish in Paul Schrader’s The Card Counter, while Jane Campion returns with The Power of the Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst. Paolo Sorrentino’s new film also premieres, as does the latest attempt by Jamie Lee Curtis to dispatch her nemesis in Halloween Kills.

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