Naomi Watts is setting up home in the posh London borough where Princess Diana lived in preparation to play the tragic royal on the big screen.
The British-born actress, who grew up in Australia, has been cast in Oliver Hirschbiegel's upcoming drama Caught In Flight, which will tell the story of the last two years of the princess' life before she died in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.
The star recently admitted that she is "terrified" of playing such a high-profile role, but is taking her research seriously by moving to Kensington in the capital, the same area where Princess Diana lived in royal residence Kensington Palace.
The disaster drama The Impossible, the English-language debut of director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage), now finally has a U.S. release date, Collider said.
Per Deadline, Lionsgate has slated the film for a December 21st release, pitting it against Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, the Tom Cruise-fronted Jack Reacher, and Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller Zero Dark Thirty. That’s some formidable competition on the wide front, but The Impossible should benefit from the limited debut in New York and Los Angeles on that date.
The pic stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as parents of a family caught in the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004, with a story that promises “true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria (Watts) and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives.”
This is the second film teaming Naomi Watts with Ewan McGregor. They also starred together in Stay in 2005.
Brad Pitt has signed on to produce Australian film maker's stalled Marilyn Monroe biopic starring Naomi Watts.
Brad Pitt has stepped in to help director Andrew Dominik get his long-delayed Marilyn Monroe movie off the ground as the project's producer.
Australian actor Naomi Watts was slated to play the iconic bombshell in Dominik's biopic Blonde, which stalled before shooting began in January 2011.
But Pitt is now set to give new life to the Monroe film by signing up to produce the movie through his Plan B production company, although he has yet to decide whether he will take on a role in the film.
US actor Brad Pitt takes pictures with his smartphone as New Zealand's director Andrew Dominik
He tells 24 Frames, "We're going to get this one done."
Pitt previously worked with New Zealand born Dominik on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and gangster thriller Killing Them Softly which was in competition for the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Dominik, who lives in Melbourne, rose to fame with his first feature Chopper.
Principal photography has begun on SUNLIGHT JR., it was announced today by Original Media’s Charlie Corwin and Freight Yard Films’ Andrea Roa. Filmed on location in southern Florida, the independent film stars Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon.
SUNLIGHT JR. is written and directed by Laurie Collyer (SHERRYBABY) and produced by Charlie Corwin (HALF NELSON, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE), Andrea Roa (BOOSTER) and Ariel Elia, who will produce on behalf of Empyrean. Joshua Skurla is on board as an Executive Producer, as are Billy Dietrich and Simon Fawcett, who arranged the financing.
The film follows two have-nots who have fallen through the cracks of society. Hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa (Naomi Watts) and her paraplegic boyfriend, Richie (Matt Dillon), are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty and ignorance. They are genuinely excited when they learn that Melissa is pregnant. But when she loses her job and they are evicted from the motel where they live, things go from bad to worse.
Naomi Watts wrote and produced the film We Don't Live Here Anymore with Mark Ruffalo, which was directed by John Curran. Curran was so impressed with her that he cast her in the remake of The Painted Veil in 2006. This film, set in the 1930's was her first with future partner and father of her 2 children, Liev Schreiber. Watts played the role of a vain and vivacious British socialite, Kitty Garstin, who gets into an ill-matched and loveless marriage to a bookish bacteriologist, Walter Fane, played by Edward Norton.
They embark on a journey to China, where she meets a married British vice consul, Charles Townsend, played by Liev Schreiber, and they have a secret love affair. After being discovered, Kitty is given an ultimatum to either get divorced on the grounds of adultery, or travel with her husband to a remote town in China where he has volunteered to treat cholera epidemic victims. She pleads with him to allow them to divorce quietly and on the grounds of Townsend leaving his wife, Water Fane agrees. Townsend however, refuses to leave his wife and Kitty is forced to go with her husband on a 2 week long uncomfortable journey to inland China where they soon learn more about each other and end up falling in love.
How Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber met
The film was set in China and this is where most people think that Watts and Schreiber met, when in actual fact they met at the annual costume party held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art a few years prior to that. In an interview with More magazine, Naomi Watts, told of their first encounter, "I was wearing Calvin Klein, a very flirty, feminine dress." There was an immediate attraction and they exchanged numbers. "We chatted for a few weeks via phone and email, then I made up an excuse to visit him in New York and the rest, as they say, is history."
Family with Liev Schreiber Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have 2 beautiful boys together, Sasha and Kai and have been together since 2005. They are considered to be one of the top Hollywood couples, and amidst rumors of their split, they are in fact still together. Liev is even reported to have given Watts an engagement ring, although they are telling the media that they are not rushing into marriage.
Since then her roles have gained even more critical acclaim. She has played leading and supporting roles in Easter Promises, J Edgar, The International, Funny Games, Inland Empire, Mother and Child, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, Dream House, and the comedy, The Grandmothers. Due to the many movie remakes that Watts has acted in, the media have nicknamed her the Queen of Remakes.
Naomi Watts was also originally cast as the lead role in the movie Blonde which is about Marilyn Monroe. Due to conflicts, Michelle Williams eventually got the part. It is also rumored that Watts has been set to star in a remake of The Birds, an Alfred Hitchcock favorite, but this is not confirmed yet.
One thing that is definite is that Naomi Watts is playing the part of Princess Di in the movie based on her life. The movie, which was originally named Caught in Flight, was renamed to, Diana, and will revolve around the life and tragic passing of the beloved Princess of Wales, including her relationship with Dodi Fayed and her various charity works. Watts had the following to say when she learnt she had landed the role. "It is an absolute honor to be able to play such an iconic role. The princess was loved around the world, and I am really looking forward to the challenge of playing Diana on screen."
Naomi Watts' story is one of struggle and survival, and now success. She has worked her way up from commercials to b- listed movies, and on to working with the best directors in Hollywood including David Lynch and Woody Allen. Her performances have been hailed as brilliant by critics all over the world, and Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have been hailed as one of Hollywood's cutest celebrity couples.