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This has, without a doubt, been the best year of Jessica Chastain's career. The 30-year-old California native has earned critical acclaim for her turn as Brad Pitt's wife in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, appeared in the well-received indies The Debt, Take Shelter and Coriolanus, and got her mainstream breakout in the Emma Stone summer drama The Help. Now, according to IndieWire, Chastain has lined up her biggest role yet: playing the late Princess Diana in a biopic titled Caught in Flight.
The movie, which was announced at the American Film Market over the weekend, will be directed by Germany's Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Invasion) and will follow the Princess of Wales' secret affair with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn, which was only revealed in 2008. Kahn is said to have been the love of Diana's life.
It is definitely a bold move to cast an American actress as Diana, one of the most beloved public figures in British history. But Chastain has proved her acting prowess over the past year, and certainly has the look for Di.
Something Di fans might have more trouble with is the way Diana is portrayed in the film, which -- according to IndieWire -- will be as "a damaged person who stalks the doctor after he ends the affair."
Though the film is set to go into pre-production in March, it is still seeking financial backers -- so there's no guarantee that it will actually get made (many of the movies announced at AFM never do). But considering Chastain's rising star and the film's interesting subject matter, this one very well could see the light of day. The question is: Will Princess Di fans see it?