Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain has been turning out critically acclaimed films for years, including No, The Club, Neruda, and Ema which debuted in 2019 but only just arrived stateside last week. His films don’t tend to be a big priority here unless they’re about powerful women surrounded by tragedy, such as 2016’s Jackie which earned Natalie Portman an Oscar nomination. And you can bet the same attention will be heaped upon Spencer, which stars Kristen Stewart as the late Princess Diana.
Stewart is such an unlikely actress to play Diana, and yet what we’ve seen from her in promos and in this trailer suggests she might have been absolutely perfect. Certainly, Stewart is no stranger to the kind of intense public scrutiny that comes with fame.
The script by Steven Knight takes a similar approach to Jackie in that it centers around a pivotal event in Diana’s life, this being the Christmas weekend she decides to leave her husband Charles, the Prince of Wales.
Also in the cast are Jack Farthing, Olga Hellsing, Thomas Douglas, Sally Hawkins, Sean Harris, Timothy Spall, and Amy Manson.
Spencer opens in theaters on November 5th.
December, 1991:The Prince and Princess of Wales’ marriage has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. This year, things will be a whole lot different.