LONDON: Hollywood actress Naomi Watts is all set to star as Britain’s Princess Lady Diana in ‘Caught in Flight’, a new drama about the last two years of the princess’ life.
Producers said “Caught in Flight” would focus on a period when Diana, the former wife of heir to the throne Prince Charles, found “true personal happiness” shortly before her death in a 1997 car crash in Paris. Diana wed Charles in a glittering ceremony in 1981, but the unhappy marriage ended in 1996. Charles wed his long-time companion Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005.
Watts, who was born in Britain but immigrated to Australia in her teens, will start work on the Britain-based production later this year.
“Princess Diana was loved across the world and I look forward to rising to the challenge of playing her on screen,” said the 44-year-old, who also won an Oscar nomination for her role as a recovering drug addict in “21 Grams”. The movie about the Princess of Wales, who was just 36 when she died, will be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, best known for his epic 2004 film “Downfall” about the final days of Hitler.
The film will reportedly focus on “the last two years of the princess’ life and charts how finding true personal happiness for the first time allowed her to evolve into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.”
US actress Jessica Chastain, who starred in “The Tree of Life” with Brad Pitt, had originally been in talks to take the role.