Venice Film Festival 2021: Kristen Stewart attends premiere for Princess Diana biopic Spencer


Kristen Stewart seemed in great spirits at the premiere for her Princess Diana biopic Spencer at Venice Film Festival on Friday. 

The actress, 31, was clad in Chanel FW21 Couture for the red carpet event and turned heads in a mint green satin tunic that she layered over lace trimmed trousers. 

Highlighting her slender midriff, the garment cinched in at the wait with black bow detailing, while she accessorised the piece with a choker necklace and teamed the look with white Louboutin heels. 

Venice Film Festival 2021: Kristen goofed around on the red carpet

Venice Film Festival 2021: Kristen Stewart donned a mint green Chanel co-ord as she goofed around on the red carpet at the premiere for Princess Diana biopic Spencer on Friday 

The actress completed the look by styling her honey blonde locks in loose waves that framed her pretty features. 

Kristen previously insisted she would ‘never smile’ for photographs after being labelled as ‘moody’ by fans in her Twilight fame days. 

Back in 2014, she told Elle magazine that she finds it difficult to please people and insists her traditional scowl has to stay with her because she doesn’t want to look like a ‘sell-out’ posing for the paps.

She explained: ‘Now I feel like if I smiled for a paparazzi photo – not that I ever would – that’s exactly what people would be desecrating me for. They’d be like, “Now you’re going to give it up, now you’re a sell-out” like, okay. What do you want? What would you like?’

Yet the actress shed her sombre persona as she danced around on the red carpet and flashed a broad smile for photographers.

Loving life: The actress, 31, was clad in Chanel FW21 Couture for the red carpet event and turned heads in the mint green satin tunic layered over lace trimmed trousers

Loving life: The actress, 31, was clad in Chanel FW21 Couture for the red carpet event and turned heads in the mint green satin tunic layered over lace trimmed trousers

Spitting image: Kristen is taking on the role of Princess Diana in the new biopic

Transformed: The actress has proven she is eerily similar to Diana

Spitting image: Kristen (left) is taking on the role of Princess Diana (right) in the new biopic

Kristen’s smile was no doubt to do with the buzz surrounding her role as Princess Diana, which will finally be played to audiences for the first time this week after months of hype.

The first trailer was released last week, with Kristen’s take on the late Royal’s accent heard for the first time.

Set in 1991 and set for release on November 5, the short clip saw the Twilight star roaming the grounds of Sandringham Estate at Christmas time as her marriage to Prince Charles breaks down in the wake of divorce and infidelity rumours.

Gorgeous in green: The actress, 31, was clad in Chanel FW21 Couture for the red carpet event

Gorgeous in green: She turned heads in the mint green satin tunic layered over lace trimmed trousers

Gorgeous in green: The actress, 31, was clad in Chanel FW21 Couture for the red carpet event and turned heads in the mint green satin tunic layered over lace trimmed trousers

Finishing touches: Highlighting her slender midriff, the garment cinched in at the wait with black bow detailing

Finishing touches: She accessorised the piece with a choker necklace

Finishing touches: Highlighting her slender midriff, the garment cinched in at the wait with black bow detailing, while she accessorised the piece with a choker necklace and teamed the look with white heels

The film’s logline reads: ‘The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumours of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.

‘There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be profoundly different. Spencer is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days.’ 

The script, written by English screenwriter Steven Knight, who has also written Peaky Blinders, follows the moments when Diana realises she needs to ‘veer from a path that puts her in-line to one day be Queen’.

Change of heart: Kristen previously insisted she would 'never smile' for photographs after being labelled as 'moody' by fans in her Twilight fame days, but she was loving life at the Spencer premiere

Change of heart: Kristen previously insisted she would ‘never smile’ for photographs after being labelled as ‘moody’ by fans in her Twilight fame days, but she was loving life at the Spencer premiere 

Posing up a storm: The blonde beauty larked around for the cameras

Posing up a storm: She pulled a series of fun poses

Posing up a storm: The blonde beauty larked around for the cameras she pulled a series of fun poses 

Team effort: Kristen walked the red carpet with (L-R) Paul Webster, Director Pablo Larraa­n, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach and Juan de Dios Larraan

Team effort: Kristen walked the red carpet with (L-R) Paul Webster, Director Pablo Larraa­n, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach and Juan de Dios Larraan

Director Pablo Larraín explained that the drama will not delve into Diana’s tragic death, but instead focus on her relationship with her Royal husband and the love she has for children Prince William and Prince Harry.

The filmmaker said: ‘We decided to get into a story about identity, and around how a woman decides somehow, not to be the Queen… 

‘She’s a woman who, in the journey of the movie, decides and realises that she wants to be the woman she was before she met Charles.’

Sitting pretty: At one point Kristen decided to take a seat on the red carpet, resting her legs as she perched on the edge

Sitting pretty: At one point Kristen decided to take a seat on the red carpet, resting her legs as she perched on the edge 

Loving life: Kristen's smile was no doubt to do with the buzz surrounding her role as Princess Diana

Loving life: Her role as Princess Diana, which will finally be played to audiences for the first time this week after months of hype

Loving life: Kristen’s smile was no doubt to do with the buzz surrounding her role as Princess Diana, which will finally be played to audiences for the first time this week after months of hype

Pop a squat: Kristen was joined for a little sit down by the Spencer director Pablo Larrain

Pop a squat: Kristen was joined for a little sit down by the Spencer director Pablo Larrain

Following the trailer’s release last month, fans hailed Kristen’s performance as the late Royal and called for the actress to be given an Oscar.

She utters just two words in the short preview, responding: ‘They don’t,’ when told the press know everything in one scene, but that was clearly enough to send fans wild. 

They declared that the American star’s British accent was ‘spot on’, while her mannerisms and characterisation of the late Princess were also accurate. 

When news of the film was first announced, Twitter was swarmed with people questioning Kristen’s casting in the role of Diana.

The woman in black: Belarusian actress Caterina Shulha looked incredible on the red carpet

The woman in black: Caterina Shulha slipped into a long black dress with sexy lace panels that ran along the bodice and skirt

The woman in black: Belarusian actress Caterina Shulha looked incredible on the red carpet as she slipped into a long black dress with sexy lace panels that ran along the bodice and skirt 

Two's company: Kristen posed for snaps alongside Pablo as they walked the red carpet together

Two’s company: Kristen posed for snaps alongside Pablo as they walked the red carpet together 

Dressed to impress: Italian actress Beatrice Vendramin wowed in a cut out gown

Dressed to impress: The gown featured an embellished black bodice and floor length white skirt

Dressed to impress: Italian actress Beatrice Vendramin wowed in a cut out gown that featured an embellished black bodice and floor length white skirt 

Pablo quickly defended his decision to cast the star as the Princess of Wales, telling Deadline: ‘Kristen is one of the greatest actors around today.

‘Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile an ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need.’

‘The combination of those elements made me think of her. The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it’s very beautiful to see. I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time.’

Trailer: Kristen's take on the late Royal's accent was heard for the first time in the trailer last week and was praised by fans

Trailer: Kristen’s take on the late Royal’s accent was heard for the first time in the trailer last week and was praised by fans 

A racy royal take: Earlier in the day, Kristen attended a photocall for the movie in a black tweed playsuit

A racy royal take: Kristen's take was a sexy spin on Princess Diana's shared love of Chanel (pictured in 1992)

A racy royal take: Earlier in the day, Kristen attended a photocall for the movie in a black tweed playsuit that put a sexy spin on Princess Diana’s shared love of Chanel (pictured right in 1992)

The Venice Film Festival began on Wednesday and is running until 11 September.

The event is the world’s oldest film festival. It is known as one of the ‘Big Three’ film festivals, alongside the Berlin International Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival.

The international movie competition is directed by Alberto Barbera and organised by La Biennale Di Venezia. 

Spencer is set for theatrical release on November 5 

Actresses that have played Princess Diana

Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in the 2013 movie Diana

Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in the 2013 movie Diana 

Naomi Watts in Diana (2013)

British-Australian actress Naomi Watts famously played the Princess of Wales in the 2013 movie Diana which was derided by critics at the time. ‘Diana might have been flawed and scheming and love-starved, but this film doesn’t help explain that. Nor does it illuminate the common touch and humanitarian side that endeared her to a global audience,’ film critic Suzanne S. Brown wrote. Even Naomi herself would later admit that the film was a ‘sinking ship’.

Emma Corrin in The Crown (2020)

Newcomer Emma Corrin was cast as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown in 2019, and earned critical acclaim for her portrayal of the charming but troubled young princess.

Newcomer: Emma Corrin was cast as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown in 2019

Newcomer: Emma Corrin was cast as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown in 2019

Lesley Harcourt in William & Catherine (2011)

Scottish actress Lesley Harcourt – who has had roles in British crime drama Taggart – played Diana in this cheesy Hallmark movie in 2011.  The TV drama was described as ‘superficial fun’ by critics and not taken very seriously. 

Genevieve O’Reilly in Diana: Last Days Of A Princess (2007)

This Channel 5 docu-drama starred Irish actress Genevieve O’Reilly, who is perhaps best known for her work in the Star Wars franchise as Mon Mothma. It certainly fared better than other projects, with a review in The New York Times praising it: ‘It portrays her as needy but manipulative, loving but flawed — in other words, as a human being. Blending documentary techniques and scripted drama, it gives a surprisingly credible picture of the princess’s last summer.’

Made-for-TV: Irish actress Genevieve O'Reilly played Diana in 2007's Diana: Last Days Of A Princess

Made-for-TV: Irish actress Genevieve O’Reilly played Diana in 2007’s Diana: Last Days Of A Princess

Serena Scott Thomas in Diana: Her True Story (1993) 

Based on the publication of the same name by Andrew Morton, British actress and model Serena Scott Thomas also found some praise for her portrayal in this made-for-TV movie. Entertainment Weekly said Serena showed ‘great charm’ in the role, but said she ‘more closely resembles a softer version of Murphy Brown‘s Faith Ford than she does the angular princess.’ Interestingly, Serena later played Carole Middleton in the 2011 TV movie William & Kate, depicting the courtship between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Amy Seccombe in Diana: A Tribute To The People’s Princess (1998) 

This ill-advised Princess Diana tribute was released just a year after her death, and starred little known actress Amy Seccombe for the part. The project was largely ignored upon release and thought to be distasteful. Seccombe’s only other role after the TV movie was playing a medic on the TV show Operation Good Guys. 

Cheesy: Amy Seccombe and George Jackos play Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed in the TV movie The People's Princess

Cheesy: Amy Seccombe and George Jackos play Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed in the TV movie The People’s Princess 

Julie Cox in Princess In Love (1996)

Based on James Hewitt’s book, this American TV movie follows the relationship that blossomed himself between Diana and James Hewitt. The role went to British actress Julie Cox who was recently seen in the crime drama Broadchurch. The title failed to have much impact upon its release. 

Caroline Bliss in Charles And Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982) 

This 1982 American made-for-television biographical drama starred Catherine Oxenberg as Diana, Christopher Baines as Prince Charles, and Hollywood royalty Olivia de Havilland as Queen Elizabeth. It originally aired September 20, 1982 on CBS. One damning review from The Washington Post called it a piece of ‘slack-jawed heraldic voyeurism incapable of, and apparently uninterested in, transforming remote news figures into believable mortals.’

Caroline Bliss – Charles And Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982)

Julie Cox – Princess In Love (1996)

US versions: (L-R) Caroline Bliss IN Charles And Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982), AND Julie Cox in Princess In Love (1996)



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