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Cameras Flash in First 'Diana' Trailer

Watts definitely looks the part

Diana movie trailer Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts in Diana
Photo: eOne

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 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, 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 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.

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.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    as a Brit and some who grew up with Diana(not literally) this film holds no interest for me but i can see that maybe it will do well in the US where they knew her less, I also dont think Naomi Watts looks much like her, just my honest opinion, sorry to be neg

  • Steven Cole

    I agree that there isn't a great resemblance between Watts and Diana, but I don't think that will affect people's perception of it. I'm surprised it took this long to see a Princess Diana film made. I'm very interested in it, but I hope it doesn't just focus on the tabloid scandals and her death. I'm hoping for a more true Biopic.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/ghislaine/ ghislaine

    I think you're right to have her in the top contenders. Watts is aces at portraying women who are warm, sympathetic, strong willed, sexy, and yet she always adds a touch of ambiguity, a sense that more could be said. In hindsight, she really is excellent casting as Diana.

    Although the subject per se wouldn't necessarily draw me in, it should have enough general appeal to make money, and then attract the attention a money maker a gets.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    Even being a Brit I never particularly liked Diana when she was alive. This doesn't actually have much interest for me.

    Watts looks OK from some angles..................less so from others.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jamie/ Jamie

    my mom is going to be all over this.

    (nervously waiting for the inevitable "i'm going to be all over your mom" response).

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

    The trailer is horrendous but there's definitely a film there I feel. A lot of the shots look like, the film is being directed in the way journalistic live television is filmed. Like red carpets, sporting events, and even national tragedies. That was Diana obviously. I personally love it, when a filmmaker incorporates the subject matter into their actual technique of filmmaking. Cautiously optimistic.

  • http://www.cinemaconfessions.com/ Gautam Anand

    Honestly, trailer exceeded my expectations. Without giving anything away about the story the trailer highlighted Naomi's amazing transformation. No spoilers. No unnecessary schmaltz especially considering Diana was such a tragic figure. I was circumspect if the makers would be able to pull of the film, but now I am more hopeful.

    One interesting thing though is that the film seems to have been made with more commercial sensibilities than artistic. Hence, I am not sure if it will be a big awards player apart from the obvious Best Actress.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    I'm both relieved and disappointed that the trailer was not scored to Candle in the Wind as was hinted to me. As for the trailer, it exceeds expectations. Of course, when you're expectations are nil, it isn't hard

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/utahprime/ Mark Depew

    Terrible trailer...eOne distributor...no release date..
    All adds up to a doubtful nomination for Watts...
    Streep is the frontrunner at the moment...