We got our first look at Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in the real-life feature Diana earlier this summer, and now a couple of new images from the film have surfaced. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall), the story focuses on the final two years of the late princess’ life, specifically centering on her secret affair with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn, played by Naveen Andrews (Lost). We get a look at both characters in these images, and I’m interested to see how the incredibly talented Watts tackles the portrayal of such a beloved figure.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. The film also stars Douglas Hodge and Juliet Stevenson and is expected to hit theaters sometime next year.
After showing off the first images of Naomi Watts (King Kong) as Princess Diana recently, we now have the first official image to share with you. The picture, previously titled Caught in Flight, will now be known simply as Diana. The Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) film tells of the late princess’s secret affair with heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Kahn, who will be played by Lost’s Naveen Andrews. The Stephen Jeffreys‘ (The Libertine) script also follows Diana’s life as she transitioned her fame toward becoming a global campaigner and humanitarian. Currently shooting, Diana also stars Douglas Hodge (Robin Hood), Charles Edwards (Batman Begins) and Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckham). The film is scheduled to shoot for Croatia, Mozambique and the London area.
We first heard about Eye in the Sky in September, when FilmNation acquired the script by Guy Hibbert and hired Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) to direct. Flash forward a few months, and director Tarsem Singh is describing what he would do with the movie if he convinces the studio to choose him instead. Tarsem estimates that the following story requires 62 parts:
“It’s about a drone attack, and what it means to the people playing with their thumbs in Nevada, what it means to the people saying, ‘Go ahead and strike,’ what it means to other politicians at war in Europe, and what it means to the people on the ground where it happens [in East Africa]. There are people who become collateral damage around the globe in a lot of ways. It’s a really contemporary, emotional piece.”
Hit the jump for more from Tarsem.
Naomi Watts has replaced Jessica Chastain in Oliver Hirschbiegel‘s Princess Diana biopic, Caught in Flight. We reported in November that the film focused on Diana’s real-life secret affair with heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Khan, “who was said to be the love of her life.” However, THR broadens the synopsis by saying the movies takes place “during the last two years of her life,” and “the script charts her search for personal happiness as she turned into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.” However, since her relationship with Khan reportedly began in 1995 and Diana died in 1997, the timeline still holds. Presumably, the search for “personal happiness” involved Khan.
Filming on Caught in Flight is set to take place in the UK later this year. Watts will next be seen in the drama The Impossible, and she’s co-starring opposite Robin Wright in The Grandmothers.
Jessica Chastain (The Debt) is set to star in the Princess Diana biopic Caught in Flight for director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall). According to Thompson on Hollywood, the movie will revolve around Diana’s real-life secret affair with heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Kahn, “who was said to be the love of her life.” Their two-year affair began in 1995, and Kahn maintained his silence until he spoke on record to The Telegraph in 2008. TOH adds that the movie is described as a “love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man.” Some would say that Di was just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.
Hit the jump for more on the project. Pre-production is set to begin in March 2012. Chastain will next be seen in Ralph Fiennes Coriolanus, and she’ll star opposite Tom Cruise in the sci-fi blockbuster Horizons.
FilmNation Entertainment has acquired Guy Hibbert’s (Omagh) screenplay for Eye in the Sky. The studio has set Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) to direct the international thriller that follows a group of characters around the world as they are all affected by the decision to drop a drone missile on a house in East Africa. The project marks a reunion for the writer and director, as Hirschbiegel also directed the Hibbert-scripted film Five Minutes of Heaven. The 2009 drama starred Liam Neeson and won the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award and the World Cinema Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Hirschbiegel’s Downfall is the 2004 German film depicting the last days of Adolf Hitler that has, of course, evolved into an Internet meme befitting of any and all anger-generating situations. Hit the jump to read the full press release.