Jessica Chastain is set to take on her biggest role yet – playing the late Princess Diana in the upcoming “Caught in Flight.”
Chastain, who starred in seven films this year, gave critically acclaimed performances in films such as “The Tree of Life” and “Take Shelter.” According to Indiewire, “Caught in Flight” will feature the relationship between Diana and Dr. Hasnat Khan, a Pakistani-born surgeon with whom Diana had a relationship in the mid-90s. The film is said to be a “love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man,” according to Indiewire.
Khan remained silent about their relationship until 2008, when he gave an interview to the Telegraph newspaper. Khan told investigators that the two had been considering marriage, with Diana going so far as considering a move out of Britain.
Rosa Monckton, a close friend of Diana’s, said in a hearing, “She was very much in love with him. She hoped that they would be able to have a future together. She wanted to marry him.” Monckton added that Diana was “deeply upset and hurt” by her breakup with Khan and was still talking about him when she was dating Dodi Fayed, who was killed in the car crash that also took the Princess’ life.
“Caught in Flight” marks a potential risk – a beloved British figure played by an American. This winter, the risk bears the same potential in “The Iron Lady,” in which Margaret Thatcher, the nation’s former Prime Minister, will be played by Meryl Streep.
The film will be directed by German filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel. It is set to go into pre-production in March and will film in Pakistan, Angola and France.
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