Naomi Watts to play Princess Di in biopic
February 9th, 2012
03:13 PM ET

Naomi Watts to play Princess Di in biopic

Rumor had it that Jessica Chastain was being eyed to nab the part of Princess Diana in a biopic called "Caught in Flight," but the role has gone to Naomi Watts instead.

According to a statement, the "Fair Game" star will portray the late Princess of Wales during the last two years of her life. (Diana died following a high-speed car crash in 1997.)

"Caught in Flight," a statement says, "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."

The film will be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, who says in the statement that he's "delighted to have such a truly exceptional actress who embodies the warmth, humanity and empathy of such a global icon as Princess Diana."

Watts, 43, speaks on what "an honor" it is to have landed "an iconic role."

"Princess Diana was loved across the world," Watts said, "and I look forward to rising to the challenge of playing her on screen."

Production on "Caught in Flight" is scheduled to begin in the U.K. later this year.

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  1. Leucadia Bob

    February 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. M

    wow. i think i will actually see this one.

    February 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lildeekayjayaye

    Its good that they are letting a new generation know who she was. Maybe it will cause a new look into her death. There was way too many coincidences surrounding the accident.

    February 10, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. MiGrant

    LOUSY choice!
    They should have picked an unknown to play the part of Di,
    afterall, wasn't SHE just a commoner when the world discovered her???
    Having a big name star in this role will take away from Di's charm...The whole
    fairy tale aspect has been lost on whoever cast this role...BOOOOO!!!

    February 10, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Actually Diana Spencer was not just a commoner. She wasn't royalty...but her family was part of the aristocracy. That is how she was plucked to become the princes' bride.

      A real example of a commoner is Kate- Duchess of Cornwall. Although, her family made millions on the free market, she has no blue blood in her. Diana, on the other hand did. Research it yourself.

      February 10, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Art Vandolay

    Make this movie an X-ating, and I'm so there!

    February 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sasyjam

    @ carrieanne because she put it out there and ben is right the younger generation may not even know who she is. When famous people put themselves out there, and she did, she played the paparrazi to her advantage then movies and tabloid reports are going to be made. Yes she was a great and beautiful lady, but you can't have the press only when you want them, or you want to make your ex look bad.....just sayin.

    February 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. carrieanne

    Why cant they just let Princess Dianas legacy and memory rest in peace?

    February 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Because without a movie to tell the story that vast majority of young people would never know who she was.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MadCityBabe

    interesting choice – she doesnt look a thing like Di

    February 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sly Sadie

    Awww! Leave Tracie alone! She is one of my loyal girls and is totally harmless! From your several rude posts across my blogs, I am getting the impression you are a maladjusted little child, Trashie!

    February 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tracie

    If I was her house keeper, I would steal her dirty underwear and sniff them..

    February 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • CombatTrash

      Your parents and family must be very proud of you posting this trash on a public forum. You are a coward hiding in anonymity and very fortunate that CNN does not follow its own Rules of Conduct and ban you. Truly a piece of human trash.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      you little scamp..............your comments are always so scrappy 🙂

      February 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |

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