February 10, 2012

{"Caught In Flight": Upcoming Film on Princess Diana}

[Reprinted from the Telegraph, 09 February 2012; article by Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor.]

Naomi Watts is to play Diana, Princess of Wales in a biopic charting the final two years of her life and her love affair with a heart surgeon. Caught In Flight will focus on Diana’s relationship with Hasnat Khan, the man she described as “Mr Wonderful”. 

It will be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, whose 2004 film, Downfall, charted the last days of Adolf Hitler.

Watts replaces Jessica Chastain, who was attached to the project last year but pulled out. 
"It is such an honour to be able to play this iconic role - Princess Diana was loved across the world and I look forward to rising to the challenge of playing her on screen,” said Watts, 43, who was born in Britain and raised in Australia.

The film begins shooting later this year. Hirschbiegel said he was “delighted to have such a truly exceptional actress who embodies the warmth, humanity and empathy of such a global icon as Princess Diana”.

He described the plotline as “a love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man”.

At the time of her death in August 1997, the princess was involved in a high-profile relationship with Dodi Fayed, who also died in the Paris car crash.

However, friends of the princess said that the true love of her life was Dr Khan, a surgeon who worked at London’s Royal Brompton Hospital.

It is said that she dreamed of marrying Dr Khan and met his family during a 1996 visit to Pakistan. However, the surgeon thought the idea was impossible and they broke up in the summer of 1997.

Dr Khan has spoken publicly about the princess only once, in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph.

"Generally I do not talk about people - family or friends. This is how I am,” he said.

"I'm loyal to her not because she was a celebrity but because I'm loyal to all my friends.” ~

[Reprinted from the Telegraph, 09 February 2012; article by Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor.]

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