Oliver Hirschbiegel

diana trailer

It’s the classic story of boy meets girl, when the girl happens to be the most famous woman in the world. The full-length trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana is giving us a little more to work with than the teaser, showing Naomi Watts step into the role of the beloved Princess of Wales during the tumultuous time after her divorce from Prince Charles. Rather than focusing on her time in the palace, the film will depict the princess as a single gal, navigating her first post-Charles love affair with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Lost’s Naveen Andrews) as the media scrutinizes her every move. And if the soaring, inspirational score is any indication, we are supposed to feel very bad about this happening and quite frankly ashamed that we didn’t let her be a normal (yet still inspirational) woman in love. How dare us?

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Naomi Watts in Diana

In August of 1996, Her Royal Highness became Diana, Princess of Wales when her divorce from Prince Charles stripped her of the style. This was after years of media interest into the marriage, its various problems and adulteries threatened to strip her of just about everything else. Regardless, she remained an immensely beloved figure, and her life (and death in 1997) still resonate greatly today. One echo is Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel‘s new film, Diana, which sees Naomi Watts playing the princess in the final two years of her life. While it chronicles her crusade against landmines, it’ll most likely be her relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews) and conspiracy-theory-laden demise that will cause the biggest explosions. It’ll see theaters on August 29th (almost exactly 16 years after her death), and the new teaser trailer gives us a moving glimpse of Watts in the lead role:

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Naomi Watts in Diana

In celebration for its newly-acquired U.S. distribution rights, the first official look at Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in Oliver Hirschbiegel‘s biopic, Diana (previously known as Caught in Flight), has just hit the web. And…she looks suitably blond and hair-helmeted! She also looks dead serious, and considering the film follows the end of the princess’ life and her love affair with Dr. Hasnat Khan, such calm focus is to be expected. It’s not the first time Watts has changed up her look to play a famous blonde – remember that “first look” at her as Marilyn Monroe from (seemingly) a million years ago? Yeah, still holding out on that one, Andrew Dominik. Diana will be released in time for Oscar season, so get ready to see plenty more of those hair wings in the coming months. [Deadline Hollywood, via /Film]

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It looks like Naomi Watts is slowly turning into the go-to girl to play tragic female figures with sunshiny locks. Watts has long been attached to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of author Joyce Carol Oates’ fictional take on the star in Blonde, though that project has been chattered about for so long with no firm details on shooting or production that it’s not shocking that Watts has now padded her schedule with another biopic. This one is titled Caught in Flight, and it will chronicle the last two years of Princess Diana’s life. Jessica Chastain was first attached to play the role of Diana, during that mad rush to sign the up-and-comer to just about every film that would have her, but she’s now out (possibly due to, shock of all shocks, a too-full schedule), and Watts is in.

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