Inspired by Helen Mirren’s Oscar-winning turn as our Liz in Stephen Frears’ The Queen, and coming relatively hot on the heels of Meryl Streep’s Mags in Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, a role that likewise won the actress an Academy Award, news of the day is that Aussie actress Naomi Watts has just started shooting biopic Diana for Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel.
According to the movie’s PR peeps, “Diana is a compelling portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales during the final two years of her life. It charts how finding true personal happiness allowed her to achieve her defining successes, as she evolved into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.”
Locations for the 9-week shoot include Croatia, Mozambique and various hotspots in and around London and the South of England. From the set of the film, Naomi took a break from practising her inevitable Oscar acceptance speech to enthuse, “I’m excited and honoured to be playing the role of a truly remarkable woman, who had such a positive and profound impact in so many ways.”