Naomi Watts Recreates Princess Diana’s Fatal Paris Car Crash (PHOTOS)
After weeks of filming, Watts finally reenacted that tragic ending.
Dressed in a Lady Di-like black blazer and white trousers, the Oscar-winning actress shot the last night of the princess’ life — the fateful final hours of August 31, 1997, when she and beau Dodi Al-Fayed were killed in a car crash in Paris after being chased by paparazzi.
Watts could almost be mistaken for Prince Charles’ late ex-wife as she shot scenes on the Trieste, Italy, set.
Filming at night outside The Palazzo Stratti building — which will double in the film as The Ritz in Paris — Watts and her costars are mobbed by media and photographers as they try to flee the scene.
On that tragic night, the Princess of Wales exited the Ritz — bodyguard and boyfriend by her side — in an effort to escape the press, security footage of which was aired around the world. As her Mercedes sped though the streets of Paris, paparazzi on motorbikes stayed on their tracks. Just a few minutes later, the car had collided into a pillar in Place De L’Alma tunnel, fatally injuring the royal, Dodi and their driver Henri Paul.
While on location in Croatia, Watts stunned in a royal-blue ballgown as she remade the princess’ visit to the Chang Institute Down Under in Australia, where Diana famously visited for a dinner dance the year before her untimely death.
Caught in Flight, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, is due in cinemas in February 2013.
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