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Naomi Watts Beats Out Keira Knightley And Jessica Chastain For Princess Diana Role

February 9th, 2012 2:04pm EST

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Actress Naomi Watts has seen off competition from Keira Knightley and Jessica Chastain to land the role of Princess Diana in a new biopic.

Watts will be transformed into Diana, Princess of Wales in filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel's upcoming drama Caught In Flight.
 
The film will tell the story of the late royal's personal search for happiness during the last two years of her life before she died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
 
Watts, who was born in Kent, England but moved to Australia when she was 14, admits she feels honored to play the British icon.
 
She says, "(It's) 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."
 
Production is set to begin in the U.K. later this year.

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