Naomi Watts to Play Princess Di
She'll star in upcoming 'Caught in Flight' movie
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2012 5:56 PM CST
In this Jan. 10, 2012 photo, actress Naomi Watts attends the National Board of Review awards gala in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
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(Newser) – Naomi Watts will play Princess Diana in a major biopic of her last years, reports the BBC. The 43-year-old Watts landed the plum role in Caught in Flight, which is scheduled to start filming this year, notes AP. It is expected to focus on her relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, which lasted from 1995 until a few months before she died in August 1997. Filmmakers say it will explore how Diana found "true personal happiness for the first time." The movie by Britain's Ecosse Films will be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, best known for his Hitler film Downfall.