The social media jury is out on the actress chosen to play one of the world’s most famous and beloved women.
Kristin Stewart (30) was reportedly handpicked to star as Princess Diana in the new film entitled Spencer.
But not everyone is feeling the American actress, best known for her leading role in the hit franchise Twilight.
After the news broke on Wednesday, Twitter erupted with many venting their unhappiness over the casting. “UM you could find a British actress,” tweeted one.
Another tweeted they were “perplexed” by the casting, while yet another just put it bluntly, “Kristen Stewart as Lady Diana…. I kind of absolutely hate it.”
However, others were quick to rush to the actress’ defense. “Before everyone starts ‘she can’t act’ she can act. She’s wonderful,” one user wrote.
Another fan echoed the sentiment. “I think she’s [sic] actually do a good job as long as the movie is actually good.”
According to Pablo Larraín (43), the film’s creator and director, Kristen was the real deal because she “can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and fragile and ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need.
“The way she responded to the script and how she’s approaching the character, it’s very beautiful to see. I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature.”
The movie is set to start filming next year and will focus on the end of Diana’s troubled marriage to Prince Charles (now 71). It will take place over three days as Diana comes to the painful realisation while spending Christmas with his family at Sandringham Estate that she wants to leave her husband.
“We all grew up, at least I did in my generation, reading and understanding what a fairy tale is,” says Larraín, who has directed films such as 2016’s Jackie about Jackie Kennedy and Neruda about famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
“Usually, the prince comes and finds the princess, invites her to become his wife and eventually she becomes queen. That is the fairy tale. 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.
“I’ve always been thought it must have been very hard to do. That is the heart of the movie. It’s a great universal story that can reach millions and millions of people, and that’s what we want to do.”
Naomi Watts, who starred as the People’s Princess in the 2013 biopic Diana, says playing it was “the hardest role I’ve ever had”.
“There was so much pressure,” she said. “Everyone has their beliefs about who Diana was.”
Sources: usmagazine.com, heart.co.uk, deadline.com
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