What to Expect From Spencer, the Latest Film About Princess Diana

What to Expect From Spencer, the Latest Film About Princess Diana
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If you cast your minds back to January 2021, you’ll likely remember that we were given our first sneak peek at Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in the upcoming film, Spencer.

The shot pictured an almost unrecognisable Stewart staring off into the distance in a black and red royal get up. Well, this week we’ve received a new snapshot of Stewart in the role – bent over weeping in a gown. The shot is quite beautiful, as sad as it may be.

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If you’re interested in learning more about the film, we’ve pulled together a guide for you below.

Who is involved in the Spencer film cast and crew?

Spencer was written by Steven Knight – the creator of Peaky Blinders – and Pablo Larrain of Jackie will be directing.

Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays Princess Diana, and is joined by Jack Farthing as Prince Charles, Amy Manson as Anne Boleyn, Olga Hellsing as Sarah Ferguson, Jack Nielen as Prince William, Niklas Kohrt as Prince Andrew.

Sean Harris, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall and Richard Sammel are also listed in the cast lineup.

But what’s the film about?

From documentaries to The Crown and the 2013 Naomi Watts film, Lady Diana, there are a few productions out there already that feature Princess Diana and differing parts of her story. So how will this one differ?

According to reports, Spencer (named for Diana’s maiden name) will focus on the stories surrounding one weekend in Princess Diana’s life. Apparently, it’s mostly set at the Royal Family’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk over the Christmas period. During this time, Diana decides to leave Prince Charles.

The film synopsis reads as follows:

During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.

Does it cross over with The Crown?

Warning: Spoilers for season 4 of The Crown ahead.

It seems as though the timings for Spencer may intersect with The Crown‘s fourth season, yes. While the year in which Spencer will be set has not been stated, it appears as though it may be the same period featured in the final episode of season four. In that episode, we see Diana grappling with her failing marriage and incredible loneliness also while at Sandringham estate over Christmas. It was sold almost as an ending to their relationship.

Reports state that the end of the season was set in 1990, two years before Charles and Diana separated.

If Spencer covers the Christmas weekend in which Diana decides to leave Charles it could very well be that same weekend. Where the film will differ, I assume, is in its ability to focus on this one weekend alone. With a zoomed-in approach, we’ll likely get a much more in-depth look at the events of that time and how they played out.

As quoted by Variety, Stewart has shared that the film is “a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life.”

“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.”

Consider me sold.

Is there a trailer?

CinemaCon attendees were treated to a first private look at Spencer this week and now it’s been released for everyone to see online.

You can see Kristen Stewart in action (British accent and all) as Princess Diana in the trailer below.

What’s the release date for Spencer?

Spencer has announced it has a cinema release date for November 5, 2021.

This article has been updated with additional information since its original publish date.

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