eOne picks up Princess Diana biopic starring Naomi Watts

By Lucas Shaw

NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - Entertainment One has secured domestic distribution rights to "Diana," a biopic of the late princess starring Naomi Watts, the company announced on Thursday.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel ("Downfall") directed the film from a script by Stephen Jeffreys. The film depicts the last two years of Diana's life, in particular her relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan.

"'Diana' will give audiences worldwide a chance to not only fall in love with the Princess all over again, but also discover a part of her life up until now kept out of the public eye," Dylan Wiley, eOne US VP of theatrical marketing and distribution, said in a statement. "And only Naomi Watts could bring such a modern icon to life, through a truly beautiful and nuanced performance."

eOne will release the film later this year. Produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae, it is currently in post-production. Other eOne titles set for release later this year include Jim Mickle's "We Are What We Are," Brian De Palma's "Passion" and Sergio Castellitto's "Twice Born."