Despite Jessica Chastain
originally being linked to the role
, Naomi Watts has been officially cast as Princess Diana in
Caught In Flight
The film will be directed by Downfall ’s Oliver Hirschbiegel, and it will focus on the final two years of Diana’s life.
Watts said of her casting, “It is such an honour to be able to play this iconic role – Princess Diana was loved across the world, and I look forward to rising to the challenge of playing her on-screen.”
Hirschbiegel added: “I am delighted to have such a truly exceptional actress who embodies the warmth, humanity and empathy of such a global icon as Princess Diana."
Production will begin in the UK later this year.
Watts certainly pips Chastain in the physical likeness stakes, though both are fine actresses. Let’s hope this is more The Queen , and less The Iron Lady …