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Twilight actress Stewart to play Princess Diana in the new movie

Princess Diana and Kristen Stewart

Twilight actress Kristen Stewart will play the role of Princess Diana in a new movie about the late princess's break-up from Prince Charles, consistent with reports.

Stewart will star in Spencer, set within the early 1990s, which will be scripted by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, Hollywood news sites say.

Director Pablo Larrain said Stewart was "one of the great actors around today".

The shooting of the movie will be at Sandringham and will feature that Princess Diana is realizing the complications in her marriage with Prince Charles.

"We decided to get into a story about identity, and around how a woman decides somehow, not to be the queen," Larrain told Deadline.

"She's a woman who, in the journey of the movie, decides and realizes that she wants to be the woman she was before she met Charles."

Lady Diana Spencer married Charles in 1981. They separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996. She died during a car crash in Paris the subsequent year.

"Kristin can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile an ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need," added Larrain, who also made Jackie, 2016's biopic of Jackie Kennedy.

Stewart is best known for enjoying Bella Swan within the hit Twilight franchise from 2008-12 and also appeared in last year's Charlie's Angels remake and 2014's Snow White and therefore the huntsman.

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