Kristen Stewart is Diana Spencer in the first look at the powerful portrait of the people’s princess.
It’s Christmas at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, but things are far from cheery in the solemn trailer for Spencer, the new biopic from the visionary director of Jackie. Set to a choral cover of Lou Reed’s Perfect Day – that’s somehow more haunting than the original – the trailer introduces Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in a film that explores the events during the three days where her marriage to Prince Charles has song since grown cold yet she’s still required to remain closely involved with the royal family. The trailer introduces the cast and sets the scene perfectly, with a retro aesthetic giving it a real air of authenticity, but it's Stewart's remarkably transformative that steals the headlines and is already being tipped for awards season glory. Chilean director Pablo Larraín steered Natalie Portman to a Best Actress Oscar with their devastating depiction of Jackie Kennedy following her husband’s assassination and everything that’s revealed here – from the gorgeous settings and stunning costumes to the astonishingly accurate lead performance – suggests this painstaking portrait of the people’s princess during an incredibly difficult time will be another winning combination. Spencer is penned by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and boasts a strong support cast that includes Jack Farthing as Prince Charles, Timothy Spall as Equerry Major Gregory, Stella Gonet as Queen Elizabeth II, Sally Hawkins as Diana's staff member and ally Maggie. Spencer is coming to cinemas on November 5.