As principal photography gets underway on Pablo Larrain’s Princess Diana feature, ‘Spencer’, a first look image of Kristen Stewart as Diana has been released.

The film focuses on one weekend in the life of Princess Diana, as she spends the Christmas holiday with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, and decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.

Set in December 1991, The Prince and Princess of Wales’ marriage has long since grown cold. Though rumours of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. This year, things will be a whole lot different.

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Stewart (Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria) is Princess Diana, cast members joining Stewart include BAFTA Award nominee Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner, The Party), Academy Award nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, Paddington) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Prometheus).

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Directed by Larrain, the film is penned by Steven Knight (Locke, Peaky Blinders and Academy Award nominee for Dirty Pretty Things). Juan de Dios Larraín (Jackie, A Fantastic Woman, Gloria) for Fabula Films, Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski (Toni Erdmann, A Fantastic Woman) for Komplizen Film and BAFTA award winner and Academy Award nominee Paul Webster (Anna Karenina, Atonement) for Shoebox Films are producing.

Stewart on the film said, ‘SPENCER is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life. It is a physical assertion of the sum of her parts, which starts with her given name; Spencer. It is a harrowing effort for her to return to herself, as Diana strives to hold onto what the name Spencer means to her.’

Filming will take place in Germany and the UK and an autumn 2021 launch is anticipated. 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of Diana’s death.