The first trailer for Spencer, the much-anticipateddrama, has been unveiled just days before its premiere at the Venice film festival.
The film, which stars, shows us just three days over the Christmas period at Sandgringham, where Diana chose to end her marriage to Charles. It’s directed by Pablo Larraín, the Chilean director who previously ushered Natalie Portman to a best actress nomination for his acclaimed drama Jackie, about the life of Jackie Kennedy after the assassination of her husband.
“It’s hard not to feel protective over her,”. “She was so young … everyone’s perspective is different, and there’s no way to get everything right … what is fact in relation to personal experience.”
The film also stars Sally Hawkins,and Poldark villain Jack Farthing as Charles.
Larraín, whose credits also include Neruda and most recently episodes of the Apple TV+ horror series Lisey’s Story, spoke toabout his concerns that an audience might be wrong-footed by the movie.
“I think some people could misunderstand it,” he said. “Before they go to see a movie like, they might say, ‘We’re going to really understand who this person was.’ No! Wrong number! Wrong movie! We don’t do that! We’re just trying to work with whatever that person was and create a fable out of it. That’s what I’m looking for. We’ll see if it works.”
Spencer arrives amid a glut of other projects about Diana, including a Broadway musical that opens in November and the new season of The Crown which will featuretaking the role over from Emma Corrin, who was recently nominated for an Emmy after winning a Golden Globe.
Stewart’s performance is seen as an early contender for awards recognition which would place her alongside other bets including Lady Gaga for her role in House of Gucci and Nicole Kidman in Being the Ricardos.
The film will premiere in competition next month at thealongside Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter. It will open in cinemas in November.