The current Hollywood "It" girl, Jessica Chastain, is set to star as the beloved Princess Di in the film "Caught in Flight" according to Thompson on Hollywood.
Chastain, who's been fantastic in all the films she starred in this year including "The Debt," "The Help," and "The Tree of Life," will play the Princess of Wales in the controversial story about a super-secret affair! Gasp!
Jessica Chastain Interview for "The Debt"
German director Oliver Hirschbiegel is set to helm and the storyline involves the real-life affair between the late princess and heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn. He was supposed to be the love of her life. Awwww.
The film is set to go into pre-production in March 2012 for Ecosse Films, the company who gave us "Nowhere Boy" and "Mrs. Brown." All those brilliantly made biopics! "Caught in Flight" will be shot in Pakistan, Angola, the South of France, and Paris with a budget of $15 million.
The script written by "The Libertine's" Steven Jeffreys will cast Princess Di as a tormented person who stalked the heart surgeon. Wow! Here's more info on the plot from Thompson on Hollywood:
The princess met Dr. Hasnat at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1995 when she was visiting a friend who was recovering from heart surgery. The couple pursued a quiet two-year affair. Dr. Kahn, who she named “Mr. Wonderful,” maintained an eleven-year silence over the relationship, until he spoke The Telegraph about the affair in 2008. In the article, the relationship is described as being so serious that Diana was thinking of converting to Islam. She wore traditional dress to meet his family on a visit to Pakistan. “The Khans are deeply religious,” the newspaper reported, and “his wall-hangings include a painting that has an inscription of verses from the Koran.” Dr Khan left Britain in 2007. Diana is said to have been heartbroken that he wanted to end the relationship.
I regard Chastain as a fantastic actress so I have no doubt that she will be able to pull this off -- a multifaceted take on the Princess of Wales, warts and all!
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