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Naomi Watts on set in Croatia, playing the late Princess Diana

posted 4 Jul 2012, 07:03 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 4 Jul 2012, 07:04 ]

Actress Naomi Watts arrives in Opatija, Croatia, to shoot scenes for the film in which she plays Princess Diana in 'Diana'.

Actress Naomi Watts arrived in the northern Adriatic resort town of Opatija in Croatia on Tuesday (July 3) to shoot principle filming for the upcoming feature titled "Diana" in which she plays Britain's late Princess Diana.
The film, produced by the British company Ecosse Films and directed by the Academy Award nominated German director of "Downfall" Oliver Hirschbiegel, deals with the last two years of Diana's life before her tragic death in a car accident in 1997.

The shooting in Croatia will last about a week and is scheduled to take place in Opatija, a luxury tourist resort which in the 19th century was a favourite summer playground of the Austrian imperial family, and continue in nearby Rovinj, a picturesque town on the western coast of the Istria peninsula.

Speaking to Reuters Television on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the "Fair Games" actress said the prospect of taking on such an iconic role was nerve-wracking.

"I haven't really, sort of, dealt with it yet, but it's definitely rising. And it's very scary, a big undertaking," she said.

According to the studio's press release, the movie, previously titled "Caught In Flight", "charts how finding true personal happiness allowed her to achieve her defining successes, as she evolved into a major international campaigner and humanitarian."

Filming locations over the nine-week shoot include additionally Mozambique, various locations in and around London and the south of England.

The movie is set for release next year in France on February 20, with additional territories the Netherlands, Argentina and Sweden, already picking up distribution, according to online movie website IMDb (Internet Movie Database).