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Diana tells the story of the late Princess Diana of Wales, or part of it. Naomi Watts plays Diana for Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel, and the focus is on a period in which the Princess began a somewhat clandestine romance with a doctor and the media frenzy that erupted when her extra-marital activities became public. Her life ended in a Parisian road tunnel when the driver of a limo containing Diana and a different boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, crashed their vehicle.

While Watts looks fine as Diana there’s an undertone of salciousness here, as there is almost certain to be with any film such as this — it’s all about her secret, and the love she couldn’t share with the world! Ironically, perhaps, the tone of this trailer puts it more in line with the interests of the paparazzi who hounded Diana to before death, rather than casting the film as a loving or objective tribute.

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Kidman has entered talks to take over for Watts on Queen of the Desert, a fact-based epic about the “female Lawrence of Arabia” Gertrude Bell. Watts had been attached to the lead since 2011. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Diana

Oliver Hirschbiegel‘s best-known film to date is probably Downfall, a.k.a. the movie used in the “Hitler Reacts To” meme. But for his newest biopic, he’s tackling a much less controversial, far more beloved leader.

Diana follows the People’s Princess (played by Naomi Watts) and her passionate romance with Dr. Hasnat Kahn (Naveen Andrews of Lost fame) in the last years of her life. The first teaser released earlier this summer was little more than a collection of images set to music, but the first full-length trailer from Australia offers a better look, with actual dialogue and everything. Check it out after the jump.

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Naomi Watts Diana

For a minute-long teaser, the first look at Olivier Hirschbiegel‘s biopic Diana has a surprising amount of footage. What’s even more surprising is how, for the good majority of it, it’s impossible to tell if it’s actually Princess Diana or actress Naomi Watts playing the part.

Based on a secret romance the then-most famous woman in the world had with a Pakistani heart surgeon (Lost‘s Naveen Andrews), Diana is Oscar-bait all the way. The film is scheduled for a Fall release, and you can check out the trailer below.

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Naomi Watts Diana

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 »

Amanda Seyfried

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Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, and Adam Driver are already set to star in the film, and now Baumbach is rounding out the lead quartet with Amanda Seyfried. The Les Miserables actress started moving in on the role several weeks ago and has since entered final negotiations. Hit the jump for plot and character details.

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As a comedy, Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s upcoming Birdman falls well outside the director’s usual misery-soaked wheelhouse. But one thing that hasn’t changed is his ability to attract major talent.

In a brilliant bit of casting, former Batman star Michael Keaton has been chosen for the lead role of a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero. Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton round out the rest of the cast. Hit the jump to read more.

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There’s obvious potential for serious sleaze, but the film has some classy pedigree behind it. It’s an adaptation of a novella by Nobel laureate Doris Lessing, and Fontaine approaches the material with an elegant eye. Toss in two acclaimed actresses, and, well… it still looks kind of trashy, but it could also be genuinely moving and thought-provoking. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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