Yes, that’s a photo of Kristen Stewart, not Princess Diana. I know; I had to look at it several times too just for it to register.
Stewart’s transformation here is one of the most awe-inspiring in recent film memory. Remember when Charlize Theron looked exactly like Megyn Kelly in Bombshell? Or when Nicole Kidman became Virginia Woolf in The Hours? Yeah, this is that level.
“Spencer is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life,” Stewart said in a quote released by Neon.
So what, exactly, do we know about this film? Not much, but here’s what we have:
The release date. Fall 2021, according to a press release from Neon. Principal photography started in January 2021.
What’s it about? Per the press release, Spencer “focuses on one weekend in the life of Princess Diana, as she spends the Christmas holiday with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, and decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.” Here is more of the official description:
“December, 1991: The Prince and Princess of Wales’s marriage has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting, and hunting. Diana knows the game. This year, things will be a whole lot different.”
The director. Pablo Larraín.
The screenwriter. Steven Knight.
The cast. Kristen Stewart plays Princess Diana. She’s joined by Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner, The Party), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, Paddington), and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Prometheus); however, their roles weren’t specified by Neon.
We’ll update this post with more details as they come in.