If you like your trailers with people that, you know, talk, well then you were probably left disappointed at the last trailer for Diana. Oliver Hirschbiegel’s – acclaimed for his directing but definitely not for his last name – biopic of the the final couple years of Princess Diana of Wales’ life, seems like it could be serious Oscar bait, especially since the ill-fated Di is being played by two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts. But “seems” appears to be the operative word here.
This new trailer offers a whole lot more story (and dialogue!) but for most of it, it plays out like some kind of romantic comedy (I was waiting on Hugh Grant to show up), before suddenly getting very serious. I have the utmost faith in the acting abilities of the film’s leads (which could carry the film), but I can only hope the final product is not as schizophrenic.
“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 Diana’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, inspired by 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 Diana’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.
Along with the trailer, some new images for the film have been revealed showing that irrespective of how the rest of the film turns out, at least we know that Naomi Watts does a damn good Diana impersonation.
Diana still doesn’t have an official release date, but it’s still expected to be out before the end of the year.
Last Updated: August 7, 2013