Kristen Stewart makes her debut as Princess Diana.
Principal photography begins with Pablo Larrain’s “Spencer”, revealing Stewart’s first glimpse as a young royal.
Written by “Peak Blinds” producer Steven Knight, the film centers on a weekend in the life of Princess Diana, as she spends a Christmas vacation with the Royal Family at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, and decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles Does.
Filming will take place in Germany and the UK and is expected to drop in 2021. 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of Diana’s death.
The cast includes BAFTA’s nominee Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner”), Oscar’s nominee Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) and Sean Harris (“Mission: Impossible”).
The film was produced by Juan de Dios Larricane (“Jackie”) for Fabula Films, Jonas Dornbach and Jenin Zakowski (“Tony Erdmann”), and Komplison Film for Showbox Films and BAFTA winner and Oscar Trainee Paul Webster (“Anna Carinana”) Have done for
Steven said, “Spencer is a diver inside an emotional imagination that Diana was at the turning point in her life.” “It is a physical claim to the sum of its parts, which begins with his given name: Spencer. This is a difficult effort for her to return to herself, as Diana attempts to get a grip on what her name means to Spencus. “
“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. Kristen Stewart, Steven Knight and our fantastic team both front and back of the camera, we are bringing ‘Spencer’ to the world. It is an independently produced film made for the big screen about an iconic woman’s own declaration of independence. We could not be more excited, ”said producers Jonas Dornbach, Jeanne Jakowski, Juan de Dios Laraine, Paul Webster and Pablo Laraine.
The executive producers for Neon and Michael Bloom, Maria Zuckerman and Ryan Heller for Topic Studios are Tom Quinn, Jeff Decherman and Christina Giesa.
Filmation Entertainment handled international sales with all major segments selling out of Cannes’ virtual market. The CAA Media Finance Group, sold to Neon and Topic Studios for distribution in the US, will distribute the film in STXInternational, the UK, France, Italy and Benelux and DCM will distribute in Germany.
Other areas sold include: Australia / NZ (Roadshow), Latin America, Spain and Portugal (Sun), South Korea (Green Nara), Japan (Tohushina), Scandinavia (Schnabox), Canada (Elevation), CIS / Baltic (Central Partnership)), Eastern Europe (Forum), Middle East (Italia), Singapore (Shaw), Greece / Cyprus (Spentzos), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), India / Pakistan (Impact Films India), Israel (Lev) , Turkey (FilmArti)), South Africa (Empire), Taiwan (Moviecloud) and Thailand (M Pictures).
“It is a pleasure to work on the script. I think it’s a different perspective on a story that we don’t all know well, but we think we’re a part of it now, “Knight said Variety In an exclusive interview last week. “And I found the whole thing fascinating. To talk to people who knew him and try to find out the point of view of this person – who this person really was – who was an ordinary person under extraordinary circumstances, the way I think of him. “
Knight said that he has not seen the Netflix series “The Crown” because he did not want his perspective to be influenced by the show. Season 4 of “The Crown”, which began streaming in 2020, focuses primarily on the relationship between Lady Diana (played by Emma Corin) and Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor). This season has been in the news as relatives of real persons depicted in the play are speaking out about their portrayal.
UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden and Lady Diana’s brother Charles Spencer later demanded that “The Crown” take a disclaimer that it was a fiction show, but Netflix declined.
Spencer is supported by the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board (FFA), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and Hessenfilm MN Medien.