First Look: Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in ‘Caught in Flight’/’Diana’
The first images of Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in ‘Caught in Flight’ have emerged – and the resemblance is uncanny.
Okay, so we’ll admit that we’re a little sad that Jessica Chastain ended up not signing on to play Princess Diana in the upcoming biopic Caught in Flight… but we can’t be too upset about the fact that Naomi Watts is one who replaced her—especially after seeing these first images of Naomi as Lady Di. We don’t know much about the details of the film yet, but from what we’ve heard, it’s going to focus on her relationship with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan; it might also deal with her time with Dodi Fayed. Here, take a peek:
Naomi on the left, Diana on the right.
The resemblance is uncanny. Seriously. We’re getting goosebumps just looking at those pics. And since Naomi is a phenomenal actress, we have the utmost faith that she’ll pull the whole thing off magnificently—in spite of the fact that she was apparently quite scared to take on the role. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Naomi previously told the Press Association after being cast, “She is a part of our history, an incredible woman and fascinating but a tragic ending. The filmmakers came to me and it’s a good script and it’s very scary and I kind of wanted to say ‘no’ but I couldn’t.” We’re glad she said yes!
The rest of the team working on the film also thinks that Naomi is perfect for the role. Lost actor Naveen Andrews, who plays Dr. Khan in the film, said according to the Daily Mail, “I don’t think anyone else could have done it—there’s no one else.” He continued, “Whenever you work, usually if something has a chance or the potential to be good, it usually starts with a good script, and I’m very happy with the script, and Naomi is doing it and she’s wonderful. I’m very much looking forward to shooting.” Director Oliver Hirschbiegel also noted that Naomi is “a truly exceptional actress” who embodies “the warmth, humanity, and empathy” of Diana.
Caught in Flight is due for a 2013 release.
Tell us: What do you think? Is Naomi perfect for the role, or would you have cast someone else?
UPDATE 7/5/2012: Apparently the film has been renamed Diana. While somewhat less creative, at least there’s no confusion about its subject matter anymore, right?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.