Naomi Watts could be looking at her third Oscar nomination if Entertainment One has anything to say about it. The company has picked up U.S. distribution rights for Diana (formerly titled Caught in Flight), a biopic about Princess Diana’s (Watts) private love affair with a Pakistani heart surgeon (Lost‘s Naveen Andrews).
Olivier Hirschbiegel (Downfall) directed the film from a script by Steven Jeffreys and the deal went down at Cannes. That’s the first official look at the actress above and you can read more below. Read More »
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Naomi Watts was once set to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Domink’s film Blonde. That film was delayed, but could still happen, and we don’t know if Watts will still be in the lead role when (if) it does shoot. But the actress nabbed the lead role in another film that looks at an influential figure in history: she’s playing Diana, Princess of Wales in Caught in Flight, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Invasion, Downfall).
Watts replaced another actress, as Jessica Chastain was once tipped for the role. The image above is one of the first of Watts in character as the late Royal, and she looks just enough like her subject to suggest that Watts was a good choice for the gig. (Also a good choice: whoever is styling her hair into Di’s signature look.) Check out another pic below. Read More »
There is a staggering amount of casting news today thanks in part to the in-progress European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival, where producers take projects to gather foreign distribution deals and financing. So let’s get right to it.
First up, the Princess Diana film Caught in Flight, which will be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Invasion, Downfall) has found a new Princess. Last year Jessica Chastain was in talks for the role — there was a moment where she was in talks for every big female role, it seems — but now Diana will be played by Naomi Watts. Losing Chastain is unfortunate, but if Watts is the replacement I can’t see too many complaints being aired.
Written by Stephen Jeffreys, the film will shoot later this year with an emphasis on the last two years of Diana’s life; that is, after her 1995 divorce, and through her relationship with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan. “It charts how finding true personal happiness for the first time allowed her to achieve her defining successes evolving into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.” [Deadline]
After the break, Haley Joel Osment goes back to science fiction, and we catch up with two new roles for Katherine Heigl that were announced not long ago. Read More »
Quite a few big possible projects have already come out of the American Film Market (AFM) over the past week, and here’s one more: Jessica Chastain, who has made quite a mark in 2011 thanks to The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help and The Debt, is set to play the late Princess Diana in Caught in Flight. The film would be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, The Invasion) if it goes forward based on the script by Steven Jeffreys (The Libertine).
But this is not to be a run of the mill portrait of the Princess, but a story of a secret affair she had with a surgeon. Caught in Flight isn’t going to be the most flattering Diana tribute. Read More »