Former Twilight star Kristen Stewart has been cast as Princess Diana for an upcoming film. Find out what fans have been saying online about this decision.
Kristen Stewart is best known for playing Bella Swan, the lead female role in Twilight (2008-2012). Now, Deadline has reported that the actress will star as the late Princess Diana in Spencer, directed by Pablo Larraín. At 30 years of age, Stewart is 6 years younger than Diana at the time of her death in 1997.
Stewart’s projects since Twilight include American Ultra, directed by Max Landis, as well as Charlie’s Angels, directed by Elizabeth Banks.
Online reception to Stewart’s casting as Diana has been mixed. Followers of the actress’ career as well as admirers of the late royal have been vocal about their opinions.
One person tweeted: “Seriously? Choosing someone with the emotional range and acting skills of a rutabaga to portray one of the most beloved figures of the 90’s? Throw the whole film in the trash now.”
Another said: “I can’t stand the d**e with her mouth always hanging open she looks r******d that’s an insult to Princess Diana. No to Kristen Stewart playing Lady Di”
A third added: “As much as I adore Kristen Stewart, I don’t think her playing Princess Diana is a good idea. I can’t see the resemblance. This makes Robert Pattinson being Batman a whole lot better cast.”
However, other online comments have been more receptive to Stewart starring as Diana.
One person said: “Everyone is putting bad vibes with the new #Diana. @kristen_stewart should be given a benefit of a doubt omg the whole world is against her.”
Meanwhile, another commented: “Honestly a bit sceptical about the movie abt Princess Diana cause they probably won’t tell the whole truth but Kristen Stewart in Diana’s amazing outfits?”
According to the Deadline article, Chilean-born Larraín said of the project, “We believe that this is a movie that could create interest around the planet,” Larraín said. “This is a beloved, iconic women and we have everything in front of us to do a beautiful movie and we are working very hard to get it made”.
The director also commented on Stewart: “I’ve seen movies from Kristen that are so diverse it’s incredible, showing different layers and her diversity and strength as an actress,” he said. “We’re very happy to have her, she’s very committed. As a filmmaker, when you have someone who can hold such a weight, dramatic and narrative weight just with her eyes, then you have the strong lead who can deliver what we are looking for.”
As of writing, a release date for Spencer or further casting details are not yet known.
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