Could this be the year that Naomi Watts bring home an Oscar? It may be early days yet, but with plenty of early buzz surrounding Oliver Hirschbiegel’s upcoming biopic, Diana, things are certainly looking good.
The first teaser trailer surfaced earlier in the summer, and it was very much just a teaser – we saw a handful of glimpses of Watts in the eponymous role, starring as the People’s Princess, and we got absolutely no dialogue. With its September release date on the horizon, however, eOne have released the main trailer, which gives us a much better look at what will soon be heading into cinemas.
When Princess Diana flew to Pakistan in May 1997, she went to meet the family of Dr. Hasnat Khan, the man she wanted to marry. One of the most famous and beautiful women in the world, she hoped to persuade Dr. Khan’s mother that she would make a suitable wife for her son. Had she succeeded, the events of that summer might have been very different…
A love story about family, friendship and the calamity of fame.
Naveen Andrews stars opposite Watts as Dr. Hasnat Khan, with Cas Anvar taking the role of Dodi Fayed.
Hirschbiegel (Downfall) is directing from a script penned by Stephen Jeffreys, making his sophomore feature as a screenwriter.
Interestingly, the film’s UK release date will see it going head-to-head with a number of high-profile films, including R.I.P.D., starring Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, and Mary-Louise Parker; Prince Avalanche, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch; the Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer, Enemy; the Bryan Cranston- and Alice Eve-starrer, Cold Comes the Night; The Call, led by Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin; and the Stephen Hawking documentary, Hawking. Needless to say, it will be a very crowded weekend in UK cinemas, and it will be interesting to see where Diana places at the box office.
Diana will be released in the UK on 20th September. Still no word yet on a US release date, but expect to see it before the year’s end, in plenty of time for Watts and co. to be eligible for the Oscars.