I currently have Naomi Watts in my #1 slot on my Best Actress prediction charts for the 2014 Oscars for her role as Princess Diana in eOne’s Diana and today the studio sent over the picture you see above along with the first trailer for the film, which is merely a 60-second montage of images, but it looks like a good start as far as I’m concerned as Naomi Watts certainly seems to fit the role.
Diana takes audiences into the private realm of one the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women — the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) — in the last two years of her meteoric life. On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar-nominated Downfall) explores Dianaâ€™s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light.
Hirschbiegel directs from a screenplay by award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys, based on the book “Diana: Her Last Love” by Kate Snell, which was in turn drawn from extensive interviews with close friends and confidantes. The result is a window into the tumultuous, change-filled period from 1995-1997, in the wake of Dianaâ€™s shattering divorce from Prince Charles, and at the moment when she stood on the cusp of a different life, evolving into a global humanitarian, a master of maneuvering fame and becoming her own woman.
Watch the trailer directly below and you tell me if you think I’m right to have Watts on top or does the lack of any dialogue or story still give you pause? The film is still without an official 2013 release date. Oh, and click here to see my Best Actress predictions.