A few months ago, it seemed as if Jessica Chastain‘s next big role would be Princess DianaÂ in the less-than-flattering biopic Caught in Flight. But now The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Naomi WattsÂ will be taking on the iconic role instead. Last we heard, Naomi was going to play Marilyn Monroe, with production starting in January 2012, but perhaps because Michelle Williams‘ My Week with MarilynÂ surged ahead and earned its star some nominations, there’s been no development on that front.
While Jessica Chastain never actually released a statement about her supposed casting, Naomi has already said that it’s “an honour to be able to play this iconic roleâ€”Princess Diana was loved across the world, and I look forward to rising to the challenge of playing her on screen.” Director Oliver HirschbiegelÂ says that Naomi embodies “the warmth, humanity and empathy of such a global icon as Princess Diana,” especially since the film focuses on the last years of her life and her charity work.
Ironically, there’s another Diana project competing withÂ Caught in Flight: Both Charlize TheronÂ and Carey MulliganÂ are being considered for a movie about the relationship between Diana and her bodyguardâ€”Naomi’s The ImpossibleÂ co-star Ewan McGregorÂ is being considered for the bodyguard. It’ll be interesting to see if one of the projects withers on the vine, as happened with the Marilyn movies, or if they’ll get released at the same time but with drastically different takes on the main character, like Snow White and the HuntsmanÂ vs. Mirror Mirror.