Princess Diana movie to star Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts will play the lead role in an upcoming Princess Diana movie about the British icon’s last two years of life, producers announced on Thursday. The Princess Diana biopic, “Caught in Flight,” will be directed by Oliver Hirshbiegel (“Downfall” from a screenplay by Stephen Jeffreys (“The Libertine”).

The Princess Diana movie, from Britain’s Ecosse Films, will focus on the two years before the beloved Princess of Wales died at 36 in a horrific car accident. The film charts Princess Diana’s search for “true personal happiness for the first time” while continuing to be “a major international campaigner and humanitarian” in the final years before her death.

“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,” Watts said in a statement.

“Caught in Flight” director Oliver Hirshbiegel said he believes Naomi Watts has the acting chops to truly bring across “the warmth, humanity, and empathy of such a global icon as Princess Diana.”

The Princess Diana movie, “Caught in Flight,” will reportedly begin filming this summer.

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