“Oh.My.God.,” one fan wrote. “Kristen Stewart *is* Princess Diana. Wow.” Another said: "Everything about this project screams ‘Kristen Stewart's Oscar win’ and let me say I am HERE FOR IT.”
Filming has begun on the movie in anticipation of a fall 2021 premiere. Spencer highlights a single weekend in the life of Princess Diana when she spent a Christmas holiday with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. It's there she makes the life-changing decision to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.
"Spencer is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life," Stewart said in a statement. "It is a physical assertion of the sum of her parts, which starts with her given name; Spencer. It is a harrowing effort for her to return to herself, as Diana strives to hold onto what the name Spencer means to her."
Production is taking place in Germany and the U.K. The film’s producers released a statement sharing their excitement for the film and their gratitude to Stewart for stepping in to play the iconic role.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of our distributors worldwide, our partners and funders who have shown tremendous commitment to us in these extraordinary times. With Kristen Stewart, Steven Knight and the rest of our fantastic team both in front and behind the camera we are bringing Spencer to the world,” a joint statement from the producers — including Pablo Larraín, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Juan de Dios Larraín and Paul Webster — read. “It is an independently produced film made for the big screen about an iconic woman's own declaration of independence. We couldn't be more excited!"
2022 will mark 25 years since Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997 at the age of 36.