- Cast: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards, Daniel Pirrie, Cas Anvar, Juliet Stevenson, Jonathan Kerrigan, Laurence Belcher, Harry Holland, Thusitha Jayasundera, Art Malik, Michael Hadley, Rose O'Loughlin, Christopher Birch, Michael Byrne, Raffaello Degruttola, Nathaniel Facey, Usha Khan, Afzal Khan, Rafiq Jajbhay, Kasthuri Singh, Edna Jaire, Alex Elliot, Cleone Cassidy
- Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
- Writers: Stephen Jeffreys, Kate Snell
- Producers: Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae
- Co Producers: Walter Ayres, Matt Delargy, Genevieve Lemal, Igor Nola, Paul Ritchie, Sean Wheelan
- Associate Producer: Kate Snell
- Executive Producers: Tim Haslam, Mark Woolley
- Art Direction: Mark Raggett
- Casting: Reg Poerscout-Edgerton
- Costume Design: Julian Day
- D.O.P.: Rainer Klausmann
- Editor: Hans Funck
- Makeup: Barrie Gower
- Musics: Keefus Ciancia, David Holmes
- Production Design: Kave Quinn
- Set Decoration: Niamh Coulter
A look into the private realm of one the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women — the Princess of Wales, Diana — in the last two years of her meteoric life. Specifically it focuses on Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light. It was a tumultuous, change-filled period in the wake of her shattering divorce from Prince Charles, and at the moment when she stood on the cusp of adifferent life, evolving into a global humanitarian, a master of maneuvering fame and becoming her own woman.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: London, UK; Mozambique; New Delhi, India; Zagreb, Croatia
- Production Budget: $15 million
- Production Companies: Ecosse Films, Film i Väst, Filmgate Films, Le Pacte, Mahla Filmes, Scope Pictures
- Production Schedule: June 2012 - September 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "Originally going under the name "Caught in Flight," Ecosse Films produces this biopic of Princess Diana Spencer focuses not on her death or her impact on the royal family. Instead, the film details the affair she shared with a man who was said to have been the love of her life - Dr. Hasnat Kahn (played by "Lost" star Naveen Andrews). The affair lasted from 1995 until a few months before her death in 1997.
"Downfall" director Oliver Hirschbiegel helms the project which boasts a script by Stephen Jeffreys ("The Libertine"). It is the casting of Aussie actress Naomi Watts as Diana though that has caused most of the commentary so far about the film. Watts is a solid actress, but bears little resemblance to the late princess - even with her hair done up in similar fashion. Watts replaced the originally cast Jessica Chastain who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
The actress is certainly aware of the pressure on her, telling the British tabloids: "Playing Princess Diana was the hardest thing I’ve done. Because of the pressure of everyone's beliefs about who she was, and the fact that it was just really hard to claim her as my own since everybody feels they know her." As a result she deliberately didn't try to mimic her appearance and physicality. Instead, she tried to "embody her and get the essence of her."
The film is also expected to deal with the emotional impact on Diana in the wake of the affair's end. The princess was reportedly devastated when the relationship was over, and her dating of Dodi Fayed was alleged to have been an attempt to make Dr. Kahn jealous. The project is already under so much pressure and scrutiny that, frankly, it has to deliver something powerful and daring or it simply won't work. If that happens, the backlash could be extreme."