Keira Knightley to Play Princess Diana?

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After playing a real-life duchess, could Keira Knightley be on her way to playing a real-life princess?

British newspaper the Daily Mail reports that the 26-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean beauty is at the top of the list to play the late Diana, Princess of Wales in an upcoming biopic about the ill-fated royal, who died in 1997 during a car chase with the paparazzi in Paris.

According to a source, film company Pathe—which scored hits with the 2006 royal biopic The Queen and Knightley's 2008 offering The Duchess—has already begun work on the project with a projected 2011 release date, and the company and wants Knightley on board to play the lead role. The film will chronicle Diana's early life and on through to her stormy marriage to Prince Charles and her eventual death. Pathe is said to be interested in bringing The Queen star Helen Mirren on board as Diana's mother, Frances Shand Kydd

The insider reveals, 

"There’s a buzz about this. Pathe also made The Duchess, which starred Keira as Georgiana, the fifth Duchess of Devonshire – the great-great-great-great aunt of Diana – and controversially used an image of Diana to trail the movie. They believe that footage made the film a big hit in America where Diana still has a loyal following. They think Keira will be perfect to play Diana....It will be in the same vein as their movie The Queen and will detail the ups and downs of Diana’s marriage and the early lives of the Princes."

Do you think Knightley would be believable as Princess Diana? If not her, then who? Share your thoughts in the comments section.



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  • Mary

    I would die watching to play Keira Knightley as Princess Diana, they are both British, elegant and beautiful and I am a fan of them. Kei is the perrrfect!!!

  • Elle

    heyya people well, the first person I have the thought to play Princess Diana was Kiera Knightley, but now I am thinking about Nicole Kiddman...they are both slim and almost have the same height and poised, soft spoken and equally beautiful...what do u guys think? i'm from Malaysia here...

  • sami

    Love Keira! yes she's thin but doesn't mean she can't plan Diana...talen is more important than the look!

  • Arnie

    Completely agree, Keira is not right to play Diana. I think Emma Watson is elegant like Diana, though she's not as tall.

  • Ana

    Love Keira as well but I agree. I think she play a part in the movie but not as Princess Di, I think Kirsten Dunst would be a perfect fit though after Marie Antoinette or maybe Kate Winslet!

  • b

    Ah no, love Kiera but she's really no Diana. She's too stick-thin for startersl. Perhaps if she'd gain some weight. The eyes and demure attitude she could do, though. Really doubt it if she has the skill to make us see Di and forget the actress, just like Helen Mirren *was* the Queen?