If Princess Diana had a twin, it would be actress Naomi Watts. Watts is set to play Princess Diana in the upcoming film, Caught in Flight.
The movie, a love story, is centered around the last two years of Princess Diana’s life before her death in 1997. It focuses on her secret romance with heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Khan, who will be played by actor Naveen Andrews.
Princess Diana and Dr. Hasnat Khan had a clandestine, two-year affair, which ended early summer of 1997. While the two kept their relationship a secret, it was serious enough for the Princess to meet Khan’s family. However, a long-term relationship was just not written in the stars for the two due to cultural differences, so Khan ended the affair in the summer.
Originally, the role of Princess Diana went to The Help actress, Jessica Chastain. Chastain had to turn down the part due to scheduling conflicts. Naomi Watts had the honor of taking on the role in February. When she received the role, she said, “It is such 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 on screen.”
Production shoots in areas of Croatia, Mozambique, and London. German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, who has also directed a film about Adolf Hitler’s last days, directs this film. Caught in Flight is due to hit theaters in 2013.
Perhaps the Princess Diana role will be Watts’ huge break! Hopefully no one will mistake Naomi Watts for Princess Diana’s ghost!