It may be a candidate for the worst kept secret since Ricky Martin officially came out to the world, but now it’s official: Diana, the biopic following the last few years of the late Princess of Wales with Oscar nominee Naomi Watts in the title role, is Oscar bait.
eOne has given the film a November 1 release date, which is right about when the award season buzz starts to pick up generally. Sly devils. And along with the news of the release date comes this new trailer which gives a much clearer picture of the focus of the film, namely the romantic relationship between Princess Di and a Pakistani doctor who just got done chasing smoke monsters on an island.
“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.
The film certainly looks lavishly shot, and Watts appears to once again be giving a top drawer performance, but somehow I just get the feeling that his might just lack the dramatic oomph to get its name inside one of those coveted envelopes. We’ll have to wait a couple more months to see if I’m wrong or not.
Last Updated: August 30, 2013