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Kristen Stewart will play Princess Diana in a gritty film centred on one of her most significant moments

The Twilight actress is set to bring a whole new side of the late Princess to the big screen.

By Jess Pullar
Kristen Stewart is set to play Princess Diana in a new film about her break-up with Prince Charles, according to reports.
The 30-year-old actress, who shot to fame after appearing in the teenage cult film Twilight, is going to take the lead role in the movie, titled Spencer.
And if you were wondering how Stewart could possibly depict such a charismatic and globally revered icon of our time, the film's director will certainly try to convince you.
Speaking to Deadline, director Pablo Larraín is eyeing up the movie as a potential Cannes candidate with a short, yet unique narrative that spans just three days.
Covering a "critical" weekend in the early 1990s, the film will look at how Diana finally decided that her marriage to Prince Charles simply wasn't working, and how she came to her decision to finally leave him, and her position in the royal family.
"Kristen is one of the great actors around today," Larraín told the publication.
"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."
Kristen Stewart is set to play Princess Diana in a gritty new film about the biggest turning point in her royal life. (Getty)
The director continued: "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."
Diana's charisma is tough to mirror, but director Pablo Larraín is confident in Stewart's ability. (Getty)
According to the publication, the film won't go into Diana's death which occurred in 1997, rather, it will delve into her "ferocious" love for her sons William and Harry.
"Diana is such a powerful icon, where millions and millions of people, not just women, but many people around the world felt empathy toward her in her life," Larraín said.
"We decided to get into a story about identity, and around how a woman decides somehow, not to be the queen. She's a woman who, in the journey of the movie, decides and realises that she wants to be the woman she was before she met Charles."
With a script written by Steven Knight, the story aims to capture and inspire the "enormous amount of beauty in the power of Diana".
The film is yet to commence production, but Larraín is working very hard to get it made - stay tuned!
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