Virtually unknown two years ago, Jessica Chastain has become quite the household name, with recent roles in The Debt as a shattered Mossad Agent, Take Shelter as wife forced to deal with her husband’s haunting visions, and, of course, the critically acclaimed Tree Of Life as a loving mother all pushing her to a solid path to rapid success.
Well, along with all of her diverse and brilliant roles, she can now add royalty to her sophisticated resume. Thompson on Hollywood has reported that the young starlet will find her way into biopic territory as Princess Diana in Caught In Flight, directed by the hit-and-miss director of Downfall and The Invasion, Oliver Hirschbiegel.
Of course this isn’t going to be the most glamorous look at Princess Diana, but a rather controversial one, which will shed some light on her supposed secret life. More specifically, revolving around Princess Diana’s affair with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn, in 1995, and if that wasn’t enough, the film will go even further to show a more passionate relationship with the man who was the love of her life. This film will no doubt stir up some mixed emotions among not only fans, but, more importantly, the Royal Family as a whole. While that is justifiable, it may be quite interesting to see a different tone of Princess Diana than what we’ve been used to.
Personally, I believe Chastain, while not possessing a striking resemblance to the Princess (or even being British, for that matter), is a perfect choice because of the diverse range of characters she’s played with strikingly different emotional tones that would no doubt become a necessity in the film. Historical biopics have been all the rage recently, and this will continue that trend, but with more of a contemporary and bold twist that, if not historically accurate (a touchy subject that can be argued my millions), will most likely be entertaining as well as showcasing that Chastain’s career, while fairly new, is moving in the perfect direction. For right now, no more casting or release date has been announced for Caught In Flight, but definitely keep an eye on this one.