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Saturday, 30 January 2021

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Kristen Stewart transforms into Princess Diana as she sports her iconic blonde locks while appearing on the set of Spencer for the first time

  • Kristen Stewart was spotted on the set of the new film for the first time on Friday in Frankfurt, Germany, at a hotel which is doubling as Sandringham Estate 
  • The actress, 30, had a striking likeness to the late Diana, as she sported her iconic cropped voluminous hair style and a chic cream blouse 
  • Spencer tells the story of a Christmas weekend in Sandringham in 1991 where Princess Diana decided to get a divorce from Prince Charles
  • The story is said to take place over three days during one of Diana's final Christmases at the House of Windsor in their Sandringham Estate in Norfolk
  • Earlier this week, Kristen showcased her striking resemblance to Princess Diana in the first image from her starring role in the upcoming film Spencer She landed the role of Princess Diana in the biopic Spencer last year.

    And Kristen Stewart was spotted on the set of the new film for the first time on Friday afternoon in Frankfurt, Germany, at a hotel which is doubling as Sandringham Estate.

    The actress, 30, had a striking likeness to the late Diana, as she sported her iconic cropped voluminous hair style and a chic cream blouse.

    On set! Kristen Stewart was spotted on the set of the new film for the first time on Friday afternoon in Frankfurt, Germany, at a hotel which is doubling as Sandringham Estate

    On set! Kristen Stewart was spotted on the set of the new film for the first time on Friday afternoon in Frankfurt, Germany, at a hotel which is doubling as Sandringham Estate

    Kristen was pictured filming a scene through an open window and could be seen grabbing a black bag with a gold chain strap.The Twilight star was later seen leaving the Schlosshotel Kronberg - formerly known as Friedrichshof Palace, which is said to be priced at £2,000-a-night. Spencer tells the story of a Christmas weekend in Sandringham in 1991 where Princess Diana decided to get a divorce from Prince Charles.

    Similar look: The actress, 30, had a striking likeness to the late Diana, as she sported her iconic cropped voluminous hair style and a chic cream blouse
    Pictured: Princess Diana

    Similar look: The actress, 30, had a striking likeness to the late Diana, as she sported her iconic cropped voluminous hair style and a chic cream blouse (L-R) 

    Seeing double: Diana wore a similar blouse to the one Kristen was dressed in at Kensington Palace in 1983

    Seeing double: Diana wore a similar blouse to the one Kristen was dressed in at Kensington Palace in 1983

    Filming: Kristen was pictured filming a scene through an open window and could be seen grabbing a black bag with a gold chain strap

    Filming: Kristen was pictured filming a scene through an open window and could be seen grabbing a black bag with a gold chain strap

    The luxury hotel was once served as the retirement home for Queen Victoria's daughter and wife of German Emperor Friedrich.

    Queen Elizabeth II's nephew, Prince Heinrich Donatus von Hessen, is running the hotel which charges up to £2,000 a night per room.

    Earlier this week, Kristen showcased her striking resemblance to Princess Diana in the first image from her starring role in the upcoming film Spencer.

    While the announcement was met with a mixed response, including fury over failure to cast a British actress, the image no doubt blew away critics thanks to the incredible resemblance from the Los Angeles-born star.

    Heading off: The Twilight star was later seen leaving the Schlosshotel Kronberg - formerly known as Friedrichshof Palace, which is said to be priced at £2,000-a-night

    Heading off: The Twilight star was later seen leaving the Schlosshotel Kronberg - formerly known as Friedrichshof Palace, which is said to be priced at £2,000-a-night 

    Plot: Spencer tells the story of a Christmas weekend in Sandringham in 1991 where Princess Diana decided to get a divorce from Prince Charles

    Plot: Spencer tells the story of a Christmas weekend in Sandringham in 1991 where Princess Diana decided to get a divorce from Prince Charles 

    Location: The luxury hotel was once served as the retirement home for Queen Victoria's daughter and wife of German Emperor Friedrich

    Location: The luxury hotel was once served as the retirement home for Queen Victoria's daughter and wife of German Emperor Friedrich

    Precautions: The crew were pictured following Covid-19 guidelines by wearing face masks and keeping distant on set
    No matter the weather: A crew member was pictured walking in the rain on the set of the new film

    Precautions: The crew were pictured following Covid-19 guidelines by wearing face masks and keeping distant on set

    In production: Filming got underway for Kristen Stewart's new film on Friday

    In production: Filming got underway for Kristen Stewart's new film on Friday

    Location: Schlosshotel Kronberg (pictured)
    The real deal! Sandringham Estate

    Location: Schlosshotel Kronberg (left) in Frankfurt is being used to replicate Sandringham Estate (right)

    Kristen looked incredible in the moody snap, as she gazed out a window and wore a replica of Diana's red coat and black veiled black hat. 

    The script written by English screenwriter Steven Knight, who has also written Peaky Blinders, follows the moments in which the Princess of Wales realised she 'needed to veer from a path that put her in line to one day be queen.

    The story is said to take place over three days during one of Diana's final Christmases at the House of Windsor in their Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England. 

    Seeing double: The hotel has an uncanny likeness to Sandringham Estate

    Seeing double: The hotel has an uncanny likeness to Sandringham Estate

    Ready to go: Filming equipment and a marquee has been set up outside the luxury accommodation ready for filming

    Ready to go: Filming equipment and a marquee has been set up outside the luxury accommodation ready for filming

    Grand: The luxury Schlosshotel Kronberg is doubling as Sandringham Estate in the film

    Grand: The luxury Schlosshotel Kronberg is doubling as Sandringham Estate in the film

    Striking: The Schlosshotel Kronberg makes for a stunning backdrop for the new film

    Striking: The Schlosshotel Kronberg makes for a stunning backdrop for the new film

    Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín explained that the film will not delve into Diana's tragic death, but instead focus on her marriage to Charles and the love she had for children Prince William and Prince Harry.

    'We decided to get into a story about identity, and around how a woman decides somehow, not to be the queen...

    'She's a woman who, in the journey of the movie, decides and realises that she wants to be the woman she was before she met Charles,' the director said.

    Incredible: Kristen showcased her striking resemblance to Princess Diana in the first image from her starring role in the upcoming film Spencer

    Incredible: Kristen showcased her striking resemblance to Princess Diana in the first image from her starring role in the upcoming film Spencer

    Way back when: It was revealed in June last year that the Twilight actress, 30, would depict the late royal in a film which dramatises a 'critical' weekend in the early 1990s, when Diana decided that her marriage to Prince Charles wasn't working

    Way back when: It was revealed in June last year that the Twilight actress, 30, would depict the late royal in a film which dramatises a 'critical' weekend in the early 1990s, when Diana decided that her marriage to Prince Charles wasn't working

    A vision: Diana is pictured at Sandringham on Christmas Day in 1991, in the weekend the movie centres around
    Amazing: Kristen is seen in a near-identical ensemble in the promo shot

    A vision: Diana is pictured at Sandringham on Christmas Day in 1991, in the weekend the movie centres around, while Kristen is seen in a near-identical ensemble in the promo shot

    The way she was: Diana pictured heading to a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in 1991 with other royals including Prince Charles and Prince Harry

    The way she was: Diana pictured heading to a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in 1991 with other royals including Prince Charles and Prince Harry

    Defence: Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín defended his decision to cast the American actress in the role, telling Deadline: 'Kristin is one of the greatest actors around today'
    Wrapped up: Diana is pictured in 1991 walking on the beach in Sandringham

    Defence: Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín defended his decision to cast the American actress, left, in the role, telling Deadline: 'Kristin is one of the greatest actors around today'

    Praise: Director Pablo said of Kristen: 'Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile an ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need'

    Praise: Director Pablo said of Kristen: 'Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile an ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need'

    When the news was first announced, Twitter was swarmed with questions and comments, with users writing: 'What could possibly go wrong?... 

    'Couldn't you have found a British actress?''Plenty of British actresses who would have been better for this role, Princess Diana was classy, Kristen is not.'

    Filmmaker Pablo defended his decision to cast the American actress in the role, telling Deadline: 'Kristin is one of the greatest actors around today.'

    Who's that girl? Her usual grunge look (pictured in November) was nowhere to be seen in the stunning shot
    Who's that girl? Her usual grunge look (pictured in November) was nowhere to be seen in the stunning shot

    Who's that girl? Her usual grunge look (pictured in November) was nowhere to be seen in the stunning shot

    Depiction: The troubled marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana will be the subject of the new film (Pictured above in Sicily British royal tour of Italy in 1985)

    Depiction: The troubled marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana will be the subject of the new film (Pictured above in Sicily British royal tour of Italy in 1985)

    Excited: In a new interview with InStyle , the actress gushed that she hasn't been 'this excited about playing a part, by the way, in so long'
    People's Princess: Kristen is 'excited' to portray Diana on screen (pictured in 1991)

    Excited: In a new interview with InStyle , the actress gushed that she hasn't been 'this excited about playing a part, by the way, in so long'

    Pablo directed Natalie Portman in the 2016 Jackie Kennedy biopic Jackie, which earned the star a Best Actress Oscar nomination. 

    He added: 'Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile an ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need.'

    'The combination of those elements made me think of her. The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it's very beautiful to see. I think she's going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time.'  

    Princess: Kristen, 30, has signed on to the movie Spencer, that will dramatise a 'critical' weekend in the early 1990s
    Princess Diana arriving at the Serpentine Gallery, London, in a gown by Christina Stambolian, June 1994

    Princess: Kristen, 30, has signed on to the movie Spencer, that will dramatise a 'critical' weekend in the early 1990s

    In October, Kristen admitted she's nervous about taking on the role in new movie Spencer, especially the task of mastering the late princess' accent.  

    Kristen, 30, will star in Spencer, which will dramatise a 'critical' weekend in the early 1990s, when Diana decided that her marriage to Prince Charles wasn't working.

    In a new interview with InStyle, the actress gushed that she hasn't been 'this excited about playing a part, by the way, in so long.'

    Royal role: When the news was first announced, Twitter was swarmed with questions and comments, with users writing: 'What could possibly go wrong?'
    Biopic: The movie will depict a 'moment she decided her marriage to Prince Charles wasn't working'

    Royal role: When the news was first announced, Twitter was swarmed with questions and comments, with users writing: 'What could possibly go wrong?'

    Kristen added though that there is one thing characteristic she's desperate to master, admitting: 'The accent is intimidating as all hell because people know that voice, and it's so, so distinct and particular'.

    'I'm working on it now and already have my dialect coach.'

    Kristen also revealed that she's been working hard on her research before filming starts this year, saying: 'In terms of research, I've gotten through two and a half biographies, and I'm finishing all the material before I actually go make the movie...

    'It's one of the saddest stories to exist ever, and I don't want to just play Diana – I want to know her implicitly.'

    Actresses that have played Princess Diana

    Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in the 2013 movie Diana

    Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in the 2013 movie Diana 

    Naomi Watts in Diana (2013)

    British-Australian actress Naomi Watts famously played the Princess of Wales in the 2013 movie Diana which was derided by critics at the time. 'Diana might have been flawed and scheming and love-starved, but this film doesn't help explain that. Nor does it illuminate the common touch and humanitarian side that endeared her to a global audience,' film critic Suzanne S. Brown wrote. Even Naomi herself would later admit that the film was a 'sinking ship'.

    Emma Corrin in The Crown (2020)

    Newcomer Emma Corrin was cast as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown in 2019. Fans have yet to see the actress in the role though, as streaming giant Netflix has not released the next season of the show. However, the actress was pictured filming on location in Manchester in February earlier this year.

    Newcomer: Emma Corrin was cast as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown in 2019

    Newcomer: Emma Corrin was cast as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown in 2019

    Lesley Harcourt in William & Catherine (2011)

    Scottish actress Lesley Harcourt - who has had roles in British crime drama Taggart - played Diana in this cheesy Hallmark movie in 2011.  The TV drama was described as 'superficial fun' by critics and not taken very seriously. 

    Genevieve O'Reilly in Diana: Last Days Of A Princess (2007)

    This Channel 5 docu-drama starred Irish actress Genevieve O'Reilly, who is perhaps best known for her work in the Star Wars franchise as Mon Mothma. It certainly fared better than other projects, with a review in The New York Times praising it: 'It portrays her as needy but manipulative, loving but flawed — in other words, as a human being. Blending documentary techniques and scripted drama, it gives a surprisingly credible picture of the princess's last summer.'

    Made-for-TV: Irish actress Genevieve O'Reilly played Diana in 2007's Diana: Last Days Of A Princess

    Made-for-TV: Irish actress Genevieve O'Reilly played Diana in 2007's Diana: Last Days Of A Princess

    Serena Scott Thomas in Diana: Her True Story (1993) 

    Based on the publication of the same name by Andrew Morton, British actress and model Serena Scott Thomas also found some praise for her portrayal in this made-for-TV movie. Entertainment Weekly said Serena showed 'great charm' in the role, but said she 'more closely resembles a softer version of Murphy Brown‘s Faith Ford than she does the angular princess.' Interestingly, Serena later played Carole Middleton in the 2011 TV movie William & Kate, depicting the courtship between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

    Amy Seccombe in Diana: A Tribute To The People’s Princess (1998) 

    This ill-advised Princess Diana tribute was released just a year after her death, and starred little known actress Amy Seccombe for the part. The project was largely ignored upon release and thought to be distasteful. Seccombe's only other role after the TV movie was playing a medic on the TV show Operation Good Guys. 

    Cheesy: Amy Seccombe and George Jackos play Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed in the TV movie The People's Princess

    Cheesy: Amy Seccombe and George Jackos play Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed in the TV movie The People's Princess 

    Julie Cox in Princess In Love (1996)

    Based on James Hewitt's book, this American TV movie follows the relationship that blossomed himself between Diana. The role went to British actress Julie Cox who was recently seen in the crime drama Broadchurch. The title failed to have much impact upon its release. 

    Caroline Bliss in Charles And Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982) 

    This 1982 American made-for-television biographical drama starred Catherine Oxenberg as Diana, Christopher Baines as Prince Charles, and Hollywood royalty Olivia de Havilland as Queen Elizabeth. It originally aired September 20, 1982 on CBS. One damning review from The Washington Post called it a piece of 'slack-jawed heraldic voyeurism incapable of, and apparently uninterested in, transforming remote news figures into believable mortals.'

    Caroline Bliss – Charles And Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982)
    Julie Cox – Princess In Love (1996)

    US versions: (L-R) Caroline Bliss IN Charles And Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982), AND Julie Cox in Princess In Love (1996)

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