That is one hell of an image. It’s stark, emotional, and evocative, trading on the Diana iconography we all know and the image of her so many hold in their heads. Our first response after admiring the image was that they’re really going for the “broken fairy tale” take on the marriage, which doesn’t necessarily fill us with eagerness. One of the best things about The Crown’s depiction of Charles and Diana’s marriage is how it repeatedly underlined that it was never a fairy tale; just a supremely messy decision made for all the wrong reasons, resulting in the pairing of two very emotionally damaged people who couldn’t have been less suited to each other.
But one thing we shouldn’t do is make too many assumptions about where this is going. We had a ton of reservations when director Pablo Larraín cast Natalie Portman as Jackie and we wound up absolutely loving the film. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt this time. Besides, when everyone else was laughing at the decision to cast Kristen Stewart as the Princess of Wales, we were saying that we thought she might be perfect for it. “Sobbing princess” imagery aside, we can’t wait to see this one. Now if we could just find out who some of those cast members are supposed to be playing. IMDB is not forthcoming about a few of them.
Oh, and our second thought upon seeing this image was to wonder whether this was a specific dress in Diana’s history.
“The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be profoundly different. SPENCER is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days.
In Theaters November 5th.”
[Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neon]