The poster comes a week before the biopic is due to premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
The image appears to show Stewart bent double and weeping into a vast white gown, likely to be a version of the “Diaghilev” gown Diana Spencer wore on occasions such as a visit to the Royal Opera House and the film premiere of The Living Daylights. It was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who also created her wedding dress.
Written by Steven Knight, whose credits include critical hits such as Dirty Pretty Things, Locke and Peaky Blinders, as well as less well-received films Serenity and Locked Down, Spencer is said to unfold over a long weekend over the Christmas holidays in 1991 at Sandringham. The plot pivots on Diana’s decision – apparently made during this time – to end her marriage to Prince Charles (who is played in the film by Poldark’s Jack Farthing).
With the help of Netflix’s The Crown, the captivating story of the “People’s Princess” has engaged audiences once again with its tale of heartbreak, political intrigue, family drama, and the enigmatic woman behind it all.
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Twitter had a little fun with the poster, Twitter users couldn’t stop comparing it to Jennifer Lawrence’s fall at the Oscars. When Lawrence won the Best Actress award at the 2013 Oscars, she tripped over her dress and fell on the stairs before she could get to the stage.
The dress Lawrence was wearing and her posture in the photos look quite similar to Stewart’s.