Lead actress confirmed for upcoming Princess Diana movie

Lead actress confirmed for upcoming Princess Diana movie

Kristen Stewart has been confirmed to be playing the late Princess Diana in a new film that will explore the breakdown of her marriage.

Hollywood trade publication Deadline first reported that Stewart, 30, who is best known for her role in the "Twilight Saga" movies, has been cast in the film which will take place over three days in the early 1990s.

The renowned time was especially remarkable for the royal family as it is when Diana made the bombshell decision to part ways with Charles and remove herself from becoming queen.

Charles and Diana separated in 1992 and divorced four years later.

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Their breakdown of marriage was an unprecedented move in modern times for an heir to the British throne.

Diana died in a Paris car crash just five years later after separating from Charles in 1997 at the age of 36.

The independent movie, to be directed by Chilean Pablo Larrain, is expected to start shooting in 2021.

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No casting has been announced for Charles.

"When someone decides not to be the queen, and says, I’d rather go and be myself, it’s a big big decision, a fairy tale upside down," Larrain told Deadline.

“How and why do you decide to do that? It’s a great universal story that can reach millions and millions of people, and that’s what we want to do. We want to make a movie that goes wide, connects with a worldwide audience that is interested in such a fascinating life,” he added.

The movie is set to be titled "Spencer" after Diana's maiden name and is the latest in a string of movies, television series, documentaries and even a Broadway musical about the life of the late princess.

Larrain said Stewart was a great fit for the part.

"She can be very mysterious and very fragile and ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need," he told Deadline.

"I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time."

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