Naomi Watts Cast to Play Princess Diana in Biopic - AwardsCircuit.com - By Clayton Davis

Naomi Watts Cast to Play Princess Diana in Biopic

Via The Hollywood Reporter.  Did Naomi Watts just get herself in the future Oscar race?  Bait all the way

BERLIN — Naomi Watts has signed to play British icon Princess Diana inOliver Hirschbiegel‘s big-screen portrait Caught in Flight.

The movie is being touted to buyers in Berlin by producers Ecosse Films, the U.K. production and finance banner behind a host of movies including Charlotte Gray,Becoming Jane and Brideshead Revisited.

Tim Haslam, the former Hanway Films chief executive, is handling worldwide sales under his upstart company Embankment Films.

Hirschbiegel directs Watts based on the screenplay by Stephen Jeffreys, with production set to begin in the U.K. this year.

Billed as a compelling portrait of the Princess of Wales during the last two years of her life, the script charts her search for personal happiness as she turns into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.

Watts, who will next be seen starring in The Impossible opposite Ewan McGregor, described her casting as “an honor to be able to play this iconic role. Princess Diana was loved across the world, and I look forward to rising to the challenge of playing her onscreen.”

Hirschbiegel said Watts has enough in her acting armory to embody “the warmth, humanity and empathy of such a global icon as Princess Diana.”

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  • http://TheAwardsCircuit Joey Magidson

    I’d see it…

  • Viggo

    Actually, I suppose that Naomi Watts is quite strong contender for Awards for “Impossible”. I just saw her in trasiler and she looks amazing. I won’t be surprised if she’ll be nominated.