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NAOMI'IVATTS is nervous about Dinna Everybody is. It's no small task to tell the story of one of the 20th century's most beloved figures, and there were plenty lyho resisted. Some of the late princess' favorite fashion designers declined to be associated with the fllm. It proved to be a tough sell at Cannes, before distributor eOne struck a deal for the U.S. rights (the company has set a fall 2013 release date). Even Watts hesitated. "It was something I went back and forth on, and in the end I knew I wouldbe well outside my comfort zone. I was kind of terrified of it, but I was intrigued by thatterrorl' the actress says. Still, she adds: "It could be a gigantic mistake." Director Oliver Hirschbiegel eschewed the traps of a cable-tlV-readybiopic for the fiIm, which focuses on the last two years of Diana's life, including her relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan (played by trosl's Naveen Andrews). Instead, Hirschbiegel set out to uncover what was beneath the ex-royal's glamorous facade-though there's plenty of couture on displaf. "Everyone felt, and still feels, that they ov,n her in some respect," says costume designer Julian Day "People

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forget she [was] a human being." "I hate that people are going to say, 'She doesn't look like her, she doesn't have the right nose, accent, voice, what-

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Diana isn't the only tale of a beautiful princess who meets a tragic end thatb coming to the big screen later this year. Nicole Kidman transforms into Grace Kelly, the Philadelphia socialite-

turned-Hollywood actress-turned-royal, for Olivier Dahanb Grace of Monaco. "ltb Nicoleb film. She's terrific," says costar Tim Roth, who plays Prince Rainier. Though Kidman and Watts have been friends for more than two decades, the Diana star says she foresees the catfight headlines that will be generated by tireir similarly themed movies and is quick to dismiss any sensationalism. "l'm sure the press will make something of it more than we have," says Watts. "lt just shows theret a focus on the biopic right now. People are interested in true ideas and true people.,,

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