Naomi Watts to play Princess Diana in new film Caught in Flight

Oliver Hirschbiegel's film will chart the last two years of Diana's life

Naomi Watts has been signed up to play Princess Diana in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s big-screen portrait of the “people’s princess”, Caught in Flight.


The film, which is being made by UK-based Ecosse Films, will focus on the last two years of Diana’s life before her untimely death in August 1997.

Oscar-nominated actress Watts, whose previous credits include turns in King Kong and 21 Grams, said: “It is such an honour 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.”

Hirschbiegel, who is best known for directing the Hitler biopic Downfall, said: “I am delighted to have such a truly exceptional actress who embodies the warmth, humanity and empathy of such a global icon as Princess Diana.”

And it seems Caught in Flight may not be the only Diana-related film in the next year, as British film-maker Stephen Evans is rumoured to be working on a film adaptation of Closely Guarded Secret, a book written by Diana’s bodyguard, Ken Wharf.


Production on Caught in Flight is scheduled to begin in the UK later this year.