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'Diana,' Starring Naomi Watts, Hits Theaters November 1 UPDATED (Trailer)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 26, 2013 at 2:37PM

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.
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Naomi Watts in "Diana"
Naomi Watts in "Diana"

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.

Naomi Watts as "Diana"
Naomi Watts as "Diana"

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.