It’s official: Kristen Stewart is an uncanny Princess Diana.
Today, a photo was released of the actor playing the Princess of Wales in Pablo Larraín’s film, Spencer. In it, she wears a black netted hat and a bright red overcoat as she stares, downcast, out the window.
Royal fashion fans will immediately recognize Stewart’s outfit as a close (although not exact) replica of the one Princess Diana wore to a Sandringham church service on Christmas Day in 1993. Which makes perfect sense: the film focuses on that exact weekend in time, where Princess Diana decides to divorce Princess Charles. (The couple announced their separation in 1992, though they continued out their royal duties.) “Spencer is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life,” Stewart told Variety. “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.”
It’s just the latest high-profile portrayal of Princess Diana: Emma Corrin garnered critical acclaim for her turn as the late royal in season 4 of The Crown. In Season 5, Corrin will pass the baton to Tenet’s Elizabeth Debicki, who will play the role through Season 6.
Over the next two years, prepare for Princess Diana to dominate the pop culture spotlight: Spencer is expected to be released in fall 2021, whereas The Crown is rumored to have a 2022 premiere date. 2022, it’s important to note, will be the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death.