Jessica Chastain to play Princess Diana in biopic?
Jessica Chastain, who recently starred in "The Help," is set to play Princess Diana in a new biopic, a report says.
The film, tentatively titled "Caught in Flight," tells of the "secret affair" between the late princess and a heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Khan, according to Indiewire.com.
Representatives for Chastain, a 30-year-old California-born actress, and Ecosse Films, named as one of the movie's production companies, had no immediate comment about the report, which said the movie is set to be filmed in Pakistan, Angola, the South of France and Paris, where the princess died at age 36.
Diana, mother of the UK's Princes William and Harry and one of the most famous contemporary royal icons, and Khan, a native of Pakistan, met at a UK hospital in 1995. The princess had also visited Pakistan as part of her global charity work.
The two reportedly dated for two years until the early summer of 1997. She was then seen with businessman Dodi al-Fayed and the two were killed in a car crash in Paris that August after being chased by celebrity photographers. The princess' televised funeral was watched by more than 2.5 billion people.
Chastain has appeared in several films released this year, including "The Help." The drama stars Emma Stone as an aspiring writer and college graduate who was partially raised by a black maid in 1960s Mississippi and decides to write a book from the perspective of "the help," played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who works for Chastain's character.
Also this year, Chastain appeared in "The Tree of Life" with Brad Pitt" as well as in the thriller "The Debt."
In the latter film, a thriller, Chastain plays the younger version of Helen Mirren's character, retired Israeli spy Rachel Singer, in scenes set in the 1960s. Singer and her colleagues were tasked with catching a Nazi war criminal.
Diana has been the subject of films before. Amy Seccombe and Anthony Zaki played Diana and Khan in the 1998 film "The People's Princess - A Tribute."
Toni Collette of "United States of Tara" played the princess in a 1997 movie called "Diana & Me," while Nathalie Brocker portrayed her in the 1997 film "The Murder of Princess Diana," which also starred Jennifer Morrison of the shows "House M.D." and "Once Upon a Time."
The 1992 television movie "Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After" starred Catherine Oxenberg as Diana and "Cheers" and "West Wing" actor Roger Rees as her then-husband and sons' father, Prince Charles.