Slowly but surely, we’re learning more about Pablo Larrain’s Princess Diana biopic, Spencer. Today Deadline has confirmed that English actor Jack Farthing will join Kirsten Stewart’s Princess Diana as Prince Charles. The film has also announced the inclusion of Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Fallout).
In addition to the announcement of Farthing, a new still image of Stewart has been released. The Twilight star looks like the spitting image of the late-Diana wearing a plaid jacket and cream silky skivvy. But it was the replica gold wedding band and sapphire and diamond engagement ring which sent the internet into a spin. It is the same ring Prince William passed on to Kate Middleton.
The same article reports that filming has moved from Germany, to the UK.
Spencer follows just one weekend in the life of Diana as she spends the Christmas holiday with the Royal Family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. This is said to be the moment Diana chooses to leave Prince Charles.
In late-November, Stewart reflected on her early memories of the Princess on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“I didn’t grow up with her maybe in the same way, I was really young when she passed away,” Stewart said. “I was really young, [I] didn’t know what was going on,” she said. “It’s hard not to feel protective of her. She was so young.”
The director, Larrain, has praised Stewart on her role and wider career in comments made to Deadline.
“Kristin is one of the great actors around today,” Larrain said. “To do this well, you need something very important in film, which is mystery. Kristin can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile and ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need. The combination of those elements made me think of her.”
He continued, “The way she responded to the script and how she is 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.”
While there isn’t an official release date, it is slated to drop in late 2021. 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.