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Kristen Stewart Facing Backlash After Princess Diana Casting Announcement

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By Ryan Naumann

The decision to cast Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in a new movie has caused an uproar on social media.

Deadline broke the story, Kristen will be portraying Princess Di in Spencer which will be directed by Pablo Larraín. The film will focus on a three-day period in the early 1990s. The script focuses on the weekend Diana decided to end her marriage to Prince Charles.

In 1981, Diana married Charles in a lavish wedding watched by one billion people. During their marriage, they had sons William and Harry. The relationship became strained and they separated in 1992. They would not become officially divorced until 1996. Diana would be killed in a car accident the following year.

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Twitter was not pleased with the decision to cast Kristen Stewart in the film and they had some words. One wrote, “Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana is one of the worst castings I’ve ever heard of. Princess Di was known for her charm and charisma and I’ve seen rocks with more personality than Kristen Stewart."

Another said, “Like candy from a baby Hahahahaha. I’m also livid at Kristen Stewart getting the role of Princess Di in a knew biopic. Already a flop in my eyes!!”

“I like Kristen Stewart ..shes been a good actress in many movies HOWEVER I'm very leery about her playing Princess Di ...not so sure that's smart casting,” pondered another.

Spencer director Pablo Larraín spoke about his decision to cast Kristen. He said, “Kristen is one of the great actors around today. To do this well, you need something very important in film, which is mystery. 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. She is this force of nature.”

He added, “I’ve seen movies from Kristen that are so diverse it’s incredible, showing different layers and her diversity and strength as an actress. We’re very happy to have her, she’s very committed. As a filmmaker, when you have someone who can hold such a weight, dramatic and narrative weight just with her eyes, then you have the strong lead who can deliver what we are looking for.”

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