You'd think the combination of Jackie director Pablo Larraín and Eastern Promises screenwriter Steven Knight would be enough of a reason to give Kristen Stewart the benefit of the doubt as she takes on the role of Princess Diana in the upcoming biopic Spencer. Larraín's reason for casting her were pretty high praise:
“Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile and ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need. The combination of those elements made me think of her. I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature.”
But alas, despite receiving praise continuously over the last decade since abandoning the Hollywood scene for indie films and building an impressive portfolio, Stewart still has had to keep proving herself. We could open a big debate of the arguments often being childish ("I don't like her expressions" has become the most prominent one), but at a certain point, audiences will have to decide whether they want to stop comparing her work to one role she did ten years ago. A role any performer would have taken to gain an image.
In any case, Stewart has for months discussed the work she's been putting into getting the beloved cultural icon right. And for this particular take on Diana, which will take place over three days during Christmas of 1991, she also will be challenged to give a near moment-by-moment rendering of her personality. Now, with the first photo released of her in character, some of her detractors may be surprised to see not Stewart but a spitting image of Diana:
Spencer is set to premiere in the Fall. Stay tuned!