Naomi Watts is set to take on what could prove to be one of the most difficult roles of her movie career - it's never easy to portray someone beloved like Princess Diana since many die-hard Lady Di fans will not be pleased no matter how good of a job she does.
The Oscar-nominated actress will do her best to do the iconic royal justice in "Caught in Flight," a biopic that will focus on the last two years of Diana's life. It's hard to imagine Prince William and Prince Harry wanting to check this movie out.
Naomi isn't the only celebrity that has recently been given the monumental task of playing a legend on the big screen - there are quite a few stars playing real people in upcoming movies.
Princess Diana's death was in 1997, but Ashton Kutcher has been tasked with playing a beloved icon whose death is even fresher on the minds of fans. Ashton might slightly resemble a young Steve Jobs, but he's going to have to work hard to convince fans that he can pull off playing the tech genius in "Jobs: Get Inspired" since he's best known for playing childish, clueless characters in "Two and a Half Men" and "That '70s Show."
Ashton's ex had to drop out of another biopic about a very different icon. Demi Moore left the film "Lovelace" after suffering a seizure back in January, so Sarah Jessica Parker stepped in to play feminist icon Gloria Steinem. "Lovelace" features Amanda Seyfried as porn star Linda Lovelace, who became a household name after starring in the first mainstream adult movie "Deep Throat." James Franco has a small role in the movie as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, and rumor has it that he and Amanda might be hooking up - he was spotted sneaking out of the actress' house last month.
There's another Linda Lovelace biopic in the works, but it sounds like "Inferno" might go up in flames. Lindsay Lohan was first cast as Lovelace, but Malin Akerman had to step in to fill in for the troubled star. According to Malin, she's not sure if the movie will end up going into production. So maybe Linds actually dodged yet another bullet.
Speaking of Lilo, she's already causing problems on the set of her Lifetime biopic "Liz & Dick." Linds was working so hard playing legendary screen icon Elizabeth Taylor that she passed out from exhaustion, which led to paramedics being called to her hotel suite. Lohan said her exhaustion was caused by spending long hours on the set of the movie, so now work conditions are being investigated by two acting labor groups.
Lindsay's latest is sounding more and more like it's going to be a complete disaster, but perhaps Scarlett Johansson will have better luck playing another screen queen - "Psycho" shower screamer Janet Leigh. Blonde Bombshell ScarJo will be starring alongside Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins in "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho." According to Access Hollywood, Scarlett said this about her costar's portrayal of the master of horror and suspense: "I've seen some makeup tests recently, and just watching [Anthony] play Hitchcock is pretty memorable in itself. He's gonna be bananas! I can't wait for that -- I'm very excited."
Steven Spielberg snagged his own Oscar-winning actor for the biopic "Lincoln" - Daniel Day-Lewis looks strikingly similar to the stovepipe hat-wearing president when sporting Honest Abe's beard. Spielberg has described the movie as being "about the great work Abraham Lincoln did in the last months of his life." He's releasing the biopic in December so that it won't become political fodder during an election season. Coincidentally, December is an excellent time to release an Oscar contender.
So from porn to politics, movies are about to start getting very real. Which biopics are you looking forward to most?
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