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Earlier this week, film critics were treated to a private, five-minute clip screening from the Spencer film, starring Kristen Stewart, at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. And on August 26, the official first trailer was released to the public. The much-anticipated film—directed by Pablo Larraín— tells the story of the events leading up to Princess Diana’s decision to end her marriage with Prince Charles. Their marriage and the life of “Princess Di” is a heartbreaking one that’s captured the hearts of many around the world. Not many people could pull off portraying the beloved British royal; however, if the trailer and the critics’ first impressions are anything to go by, Stewart seems to have pulled it off perfectly.
Although the five-minute scene has not yet been released publicly, it portrays an emotional face-off between Diana (played by Stewart) and Charles (played by Jack Farthing) at the Sandringham estate. Critics were so impressed with Stewart's performance, that many are convinced she’ll win an Oscar. Jason Guerrasio tweeted, “Kristen Stewart is going all out for that Oscar glory. And her Princess Di accent is spot on!” Lauren Huff wrote, “The actress uncannily channels Princess Di, nailing her whispery tone and accent.”
In the trailer, glimpses of Stewart as Diana reveal her uncanny resemblance to the princess. She’s captured looking miserable and troubled, while she spins and runs through her stately, marital home. Even in the film posters, Stewart, with a blonde bob and somber gaze, looks eerily like a living Diana.
Spencer will premiere next month at the Venice Film Festival and will open in cinemas in November 2021.
Check out the critics’ reviews below and scroll down to watch the Spencer trailer.
The first footage of Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in Spencer was shown to movie critics at CinemaCon in Las Vegas earlier this week.
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Here’s what some of them thought of her spot-on performance.
— Jason Guerrasio (@JasonGuerrasio) August 25, 2021
I just saw the teaser trailer for #Spencer & a 5 minute clip from the film. Based on the footage, it looks like Kristen Stewart will be getting an Oscar nomination for her performance as Diana. I’m feeling very confident that this is going to be #KristenStewart’s big moment. pic.twitter.com/TeOfP3gXm1
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) August 25, 2021
Can confirm Kristen Stewart does an excellent posh British accent and transforms into Princess Diana, as new trailer/scene for Neon’s “Spencer” (out Nov.) shown at #Cinemacon. Whether We need to watch the depressing Diana-Charles saga again after Crown S4 though…
— Andrew Marszal (@andrewmarszal) August 25, 2021
Kristen Stewart says two words in that trailer and you already know she's nailed the accent
— Jack King (@jackarking) August 26, 2021
The response today to a single *poster* for #Spencer was stunning. I get the sense that the critical community is just ITCHING to award Kristen Stewart, and if she develops too strong a lead in the Best Actress race for any other contender to surpass, that Oscar may be hers too. pic.twitter.com/zh7m8YM4qH
— Zach Gilbert (@zachbgilbert) August 25, 2021