In 1997, Princess Diana – often referred to as “the people’s princess” – was killed in a car crash in Paris. She was just 36.
The nation went into a state of mourning, laying thousands upon thousands of flowers outside St James’s Palace. Millions tuned in to watch footage of her royal ceremonial funeral.
Now, though, the trailer for Kristen Stewart’s Spencer, a very different kind of Diana biopic, has landed. And it takes us back to one pivotal weekend in December 1991.
Watch the trailer for Spencer below:
Stewart only utters two words in the minute-long trailer, and they’re cryptic ones at that.
“They know everything,” Sally Hawkins’ unnamed character tells Diana.
Stewart’s character, who becomes increasingly emotional throughout the teaser, responds simply: “They don’t.”
What’s the plot of Spencer?
“The Prince and Princess of Wales’ marriage has long since grown cold,” promises the film’s official synopsis.
“Though rumours of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. This year, things will be a whole lot different.”
Who makes up the cast of Spencer?
As mentioned already, Stewart will be portraying Diana as she comes to the decision that it’s time to end her marriage.
Meanwhile, Olga Hellsing stars as Sarah, Duchess of York, Amy Manson as Anne Boleyn, and Niklas Kohrt as Prince Andrew.
These actors will be joined by Timothy Spall, Sally Hawkins, and Sean Harris, although their roles in the film have yet to be confirmed.
Is there a trailer for Spencer?
Filming has yet to begin on Spencer, so there’s no trailer just yet.
However, an official image of Stewart as Diana has been released, and… well, you can see for yourself below:
Is there a poster for Spencer?
A new poster for Spencer was released this week, featuring Stewart’s Diana collapsing with her face in her hands, her ornate ballgown enveloping the entire bottom half of the poster.
Check it out:
The poster has, as ever, left social media utterly divided.
“It’s uncanny how much Kristen Stewart looks like Lady Diana,” reads one comment on social media.
“One of the finest movie posters in recent times,” adds another.
“Sadness, despair, anguish… everything that consumed Diana during her complex life. I think it’s gorgeous,” says another.
And still one more notes: “Stunning poster. Diana wore the best clothes and had access to high end fashion and yet she was sad, alone, and often felt ridiculed and isolated from her surroundings. This poster captures that and more. Love this!”
Then there are those who have drawn a comparison between the poster and a viral pop culture moment.
As one Twitter user puts it: “Been trying to figure what the Spencer poster reminds me of and it just hit me…”
On the flipside, of course, there are those who aren’t all that sure about the film at all.
“Another one. Hasn’t there been enough films/TV shows [about Diana] made?” says one comment.
“When will this poor woman be left to rest in peace. Jesus we know more about her personal life than she did,” rants another user.
What are people saying about Spencer?
“Spencer is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life,” promises Stewart of the film, which is directed by Pablo Larraín.
“It is a physical assertion of the sum of her parts, which starts with her given name; Spencer. It is a harrowing effort for her to return to herself, as Diana strives to hold onto what the name Spencer means to her.”
And, responding to the question of how in the world she intends to do justice to the late royal, Stewart said on Jimmy Kimmel Live: “I mean, every perspective is different and there is no way you can get it right because what is a fact in terms of the personal? Experience?”
Stewart added: “My film is set for about three days and it’s a really poetic inner concept of how that might have felt rather than giving new information.
“So somehow we don’t have a brand to beat. We just love them too.”
When will Spencer be released?
The film will be released in US cinemas on 5 November 2021. A UK release date is yet to be announced but it is anticipated that the film will be released in autumn 2021.
Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.