Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The show’s producer said the series is a fairytale
Spencer has been unveiled as Kristen Stewart’s royal character in a forthcoming TV drama about Princess Diana, it has been reported.
Publicity for the show portrays her in a way not normally associated with her portrait of a stiff-upper-lip princess.
The 35-year-old Twilight star said she was “a little overwhelmed” by the possibility of playing the princess.
The British-American film is to be titled Diana and is expected to air on Amazon Prime Video next year.
Diana will tell the story of a girl who becomes queen, struggling with divorce and adjusting to her role as a public role model for others.
Described as a “fable”, it is to be based on the volume of research Philip Oliver, executive producer of the series, has gathered since the Princess’s death 20 years ago.
Photo caption Kristen Stewart was unveiled as Princess Diana on Monday, the day before the 20th anniversary of her death
The show is produced by the Weinstein Company, which previously worked with Kristen on teen vampire movie Twilight.
In a statement, the 27-year-old star said the role would be “such an amazing opportunity”.
“I knew that this story – about so much more than just a young woman left in the hands of some great men – had to be told.”
Publicity material for the show stated: “The show is an epic fable which explores the origins and true legacy of one of history’s most iconic figures.”
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The heir to the throne has found himself embroiled in a scandal
Publicity material also suggested the show would not feature any scenes relating to the infamous scandal involving the scandalous affair and divorce of Prince Charles and Diana.
Although the show includes scenes that closely dramatise the events of the decade – the decade during which Diana’s life and public image were changed forever – Diana will not feature as an actual royal character, said the PR material.
Spencer is an unnamed character who overcomes all obstacles to become a modern, educated and independent queen
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption ‘Spencer’ is understood to be the Monarch’s oldest daughter
Perceptively “ordinary”, like Diana: The Story of Diana: Her Life and Legacy, the programme is intended to be the antithesis of the kind of royal drama that has featured in the past, according to the Guardian.
Its co-creator, author Oliver Miller, said: “In the tradition of Cinders and Rumpelstiltskin and Cinders and Peter Pan, Spencer is a fairy godmother prince who is able to defy all the odds and is queen-in-waiting.
“Spencer is very much a modern, educated, independent, but unlike Diana’s – who was a teenager – she is very much the toddler who continues to grow up to become the adult.”
When news of her death broke, everyone was gripped by the news that the woman who had inspired millions was gone.
She was mourned in a nation that had always been “in awe of her,” and her story still resonates today with those with children of her own.
Diana has a protective and amusing mum, a large and loving family and a larger-than-life home and staff. The show may explore this more openly than it has before, but many people will find the portrait of Diana’s mum, Sister Jackie, inappropriate.
Sister Jackie was the Princess’s devoted mother, whom she ran a major charity for after separating from Charles.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Diana’s brother Earl Spencer ran the Teenage Cancer Trust alongside his sister
Sister Jackie later formed her own charitable foundation and was particularly keen to share her children’s story to highlight the positive effects of the Diageo Foundation.
Sister Jackie also did much to try to get medical treatment for her daughter’s devastatingly pre-cancerous condition, Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Even though her son, Earl Spencer, was just 24 years old, he felt the need to act as Diana’s nurse and advocate during her final illness and was the only person, apart from his wife, who visited her in hospital.
Meanwhile, his mother admitted to being increasingly struggling.