The new film will focus on the last two years of the late Princess of Wales’ life, including her romance with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. The British-born, Australian raised actress shares strikingly similar likeness with Princess Diana, who passed away in a tragic car crash in 1997.
Best known for her parts in “King Kong” and “21 Grams,” the actress has thrown herself into the role of playing Princess Diana, not only adopting her hairstyle, but her mannerisms and expressions as well.
The actress says she is honored to take on this “beast” of a role and plans on doing her best to portray the Princess of Wales.
“She’s a very inspiring woman, and it’s impressive how she changed the whole gearing of the traditions of the royal family and opened it up and brought a warmth to it,” Watts said. “I just hope we make a good film and people can learn something new about her that’s interesting.”
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel said he could not be happier with Watts as his leading lady.
“I am delighted to have such a truly exceptional actress who embodies the warmth, humanity, and empathy of such a global icon as Princess Diana,” Hirschbiegel said.
The biopic is set to open in theatres in 2013.