If there’s any actress in Hollywood right now who knows a thing or two about being ubiquitous, it’s Jessica Chastain. So perhaps, in some way, it would be appropriate if, according to this report, The Help/Tree of Life/Take Shelter/The Debt star were to play the late Princess Diana, a constant figure of public fascination, on screen.
According to the IndieWire.com story, Chastain has been cast to play Lady Di in an upcoming biopic called Caught in Flight, which would be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) and written by Stephen Jeffreys (The Libertine.) The project is said to chronicle a little-known chapter of the Princess of Wales’ life, her relationship with heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Kahn, and is being heralded as a “love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man.” (Chastain, Hirschbiegel, and the film’s producers did not respond to EW’s requests for comment.)
Of course, there will be a flurry of controversy to come along with this, whether Chastain or some other actress is cast. While she’s got an increasingly impressive resume on her side, including Oscar buzz, Chastain is an American actress, which would likely cause a stir in the U.K. Would perhaps a Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, or Emily Blunt be a more welcome choice across the Pond? Or is the task of playing the human side of such a beloved icon (IndieWire.com writes that those who have read the film’s script reveal it doesn’t “cast [Princess Diana] in a particularly favorable light”) a thankless task for any actress? Moreover, do moviegoers even want to see another side of Lady Di than the one we all remember?
Tell us, PopWatchers, do you think Jessica Chastain would make a good Princess Diana? If not, who would you like to see take on the role? Would you even want to see a biopic about her at all? Particularly one that focuses on a possibly unflattering side of her. Share in the comments section below and vote in the poll.
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