Naomi Watts to Play Princess Diana in New Biopic (PHOTOS)

By: / February 9, 2012

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Naomi Watts is about to take on the biggest role of her movie career.

According to Variety, the Oscar-nominated actress will play the late Princess Diana in Caught in Flight, a biopic from Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel.

The film will reportedly follow “the last two years of the princess’ life and charts how finding true personal happiness for the first time allowed her to evolve into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.”

“It is such an honor to be able to play this iconic role — Princess Diana was loved across the world and I look forward to rising to the challenge of playing her on screen,” Watts said in a statement.

Jessica Chastain was initially rumored to be up for the part, according to reports.

Is Naomi the right actress to play Diana, or would you have preferred Chastain? Sound off in the comments, then click through our gallery of other celebrities who have played real-life people on the big screen!