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A new, official look at Naomi Watts in Diana

Photo credit: Laurie Sparham [ Click on the photo to see it in hi-res ]

As production commences on Diana (formerly Caught In Flight ), an official image of Naomi Watts as the titular Princess has been revealed.

The film will focus on the final two years of Diana’s life, apparently charting how ‘finding true personal happiness allowed her to achieve her defining successes, as she evolved into a major international campaigner and humanitarian’, according to the press release.

The globetrotting shoot will take in locations such as Croatia and Mozambique, in addition to UK filming.

Watts said of Diana , “I’m excited and honoured to be playing the role of a truly remarkable woman, who had such a positive and profound impact in so many ways.”

Directed by Oliver Downfall Hirschbiegel, the film will no doubt be a key player in the 2013 Oscar race, not least in the lead actress stakes.

Diana doesn’t have an official release date yet, but is expected to open early in 2013.