UPDATE: Entertainment One has announced it will release "Diana," starring Naomi Watts as Princess Diana, on November 1 for a limited stateside release. An expansion is then planned to follow. Watch the most recent trailer for the film below.
EARLIER: A new international trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel's "Diana," starring Naomi Watts as Princess Diana, has landed.
The Japanese trailer gives us more of a sense of Watts' earnest performance (she's also a ringer for the Princess); the previous trailer was without dialogue.
The jury is out on whether new distrib Entertainment One, which has more of an established presence in Canada than it does stateside, can make a significant Oscar push for the film (specifically a Best Actress play for Watts). She is the one who made the decision to go with them based on their pitch at Cannes. "Diana" is premiering at the Zurich Film Festival, but no word on it showing up at any of the major fall fests (Toronto, Venice, NYFF) that usually feed the Oscar beast.
Especially with such a long road through the awards season, there seems to be a growing resistance to doing the red-carpet/junket crawl at Toronto where there is so much noise; the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Robert Redford starrer "All Is Lost," which both played Cannes, won't be there, either. They're expected to be at Telluride, a much quieter venue that has a growing cachet among the film cognoscenti.
"Diana" follows the last two years of Diana's life, charting her various romances and her evolution into a major international campaigner and humanitarian. The cast also includes Naveen Andrews ("Lost") as heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan and Charles Edwards as Patrick Jephson, senior royal aide and author of 2001 tell-all "Shadows of a Princess: An Intimate Account by Her Private Secretary." The film focuses primarily on Diana's affair with Khan, which lasted from 1995 until a few months before her death in 1997.