British Passport Holders Banned From Playing Prince William In Diana Biopic Thanks To Brexit

The film is set to star Kristen Stewart as the Princess of Wales.

prince william

by Bonnie McLaren |

Those who enjoyed watching Emma Corrin in the last season of The Crown will probably be looking forward to Spencer, the upcoming feature film about Princess Diana. The film - which is set during the Christmas period in the early 90s, when Diana is said to have realised her marriage was over - will star Kristen Stewart as the royal. But her son, future king Prince William, will not be played by a British actor due to new restrictions after the UK splits from the EU in January.

A casting call - posted by the film's casting director Amy Hubbard - says they're looking for boys aged 9-12 years old to play an 11-year-old Prince William. It then goes onto specify that the actor must have a European, and not a British European, passport due to the forthcoming Brexit rules. The casting director then explained it is common practise in the industry for the 'passports of significant actors' to 'match that of financiers'.

While the events of the film happen in Sandringham, the biopic is due to be filmed in Germany early next year over the course of three months. Kristen has said about the film: 'It’s one of the saddest stories to exist ever and I don’t want to just play Diana – I want to know her implicitly.'

The movie will be directed by Jackie’s Pablo Larraín, who has described Spencer as a 'fairytale upside down'. 'When someone decides not to be the queen, and says, I’d rather go and be myself, it’s a big big decision, a fairy tale upside down,' the director told Deadline. 'I’ve always been very surprised by that and thought it must have been very hard to do. That is the heart of the movie.'

Larraín continued, 'How and why do you decide to do that? It’s a great universal story that can reach millions and millions of people, and that’s what we want to do. We want to make a movie that goes wide, connects with a worldwide audience that is interested in such a fascinating life.'

READ MORE: Prince William's Secret Coronavirus Diagnosis Displays Our Double Standards With The Royal Family

READ MORE: Why It's Important Princess Diana's Bulimia Is Shown Properly, And Sensitively, On The Crown

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us