- 11:40 AM, Feb 20
"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-winningplaywright 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 adifferent life, evolving into a global humanitarian, a master of maneuvering fame and becoming her own woman.
eOne Films proudly presents "Diana", which will bereleased this Fall. The film is produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae of Ecosse Films (Nowhere Boy, Wuthering Heights, Mrs Brown). Matt Delargy and James Saynor (also of Ecosse) co-produce alongside Paul Ritchie. The executive producers are TimHaslam, Mark Woolley and Xavier Marchand. Journalist and documentary filmmaker Kate Snell serves as associate producer. The cast, led by Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews, also includes Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards and Juliet Stevenson.