First Look: Kristen Stewart as Diana, Princess of Wales in Pablo Larraín’s “Spencer”

Posted on January 27, 2021


We told you! Didn’t we tell you? Well, not “you,” personally, but when it was announced that Kristen Stewart would be playing Diana, Princess of Wales in Jackie director Pablo Larraín’s biopic Spencer, we were immediately enthusiastic about the idea and we got some mild mockery on social media for saying so. But we had a pretty good idea that if you put her in the wig and the clothes, she’d do a fantastic job of evoking the people’s princess simply because she’s naturally a bit reticent and reluctant herself and excels at roles that require her to hang back. That’s not a dig. People have this weird idea that she’s a bad actress based solely on the Twilight movies, but she’s charismatic as hell and we think people mistake her choice of roles for the idea that she’s limited in her abilities. We think if she can nail the mannerisms, voice and accent (something Emma Corrin did to tremendous effect in season 4 of The Crown), she’ll blow everyone away. If Pablo Larraín could make us believe Natalie Portman is Jackie Kennedy, we can’t wait to see what he does with casting as on-point as this.

Are the Brits gonna be pissed if an American snags awards consideration for playing the most popular and beloved English rose of all time? We figure since the Americans were okay with British and Irish actors playing Superman, Batman, and Abraham Lincoln, we can take this one. On the other hand, we foisted Meryl Streep on Margaret Thatcher and we may not have fully atoned for that one.

Here’s the official synopsis from Neon:

“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.”

Final thought: We don’t recognize this outfit, although we wouldn’t claim to be experts on Diana’s fashion history. Even so, we were able to peg most of the references on The Crown immediately. We tend to think it would be a good idea to avoid recreating her more iconic looks as much as possible for a film like this one. Otherwise, it starts becoming a distraction and veers too close to drag mimicry. If this outfit isn’t from her history, it’s a very good evocation of what her style was like.

[Photo Credit: Neon]

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