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03/09/2021 14:30 BST

Spencer Composer Jonny Greenwood Compares New Diana Biopic To A 'Horror Film'

The Radiohead musician composed the score for the forthcoming biopic, starring Kristen Stewart in the lead role.

Spencer composer Jonny Greenwood has said the upcoming Princess Diana biopic is more in keeping with a horror film than anything we might have seen in The Crown.

Jonny – best known for his work as a member of Radiohead – composed the score for Spencer, which sees Kristen Stewart in the lead role of the late Princess of Wales.

The new film is set over a weekend in the early 1990s when Diana spent the festive season with the rest of the Royal Family at Sandringham, at the peak of her marital issues with Prince Charles.

Ahead of the film’s debut at the Venice Film Festival, Jonny said he was impressed that Spencer is “darker and stranger than most films about the royals seem to be”.

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Kristen Stewart in character as Princess Diana

“It’s not The Crown,” he told PA. “There are lots of claustrophobic handheld camera action following her around and you feel straight away that this is not as easy a viewing experience as something like The Crown. It is just doing something different.” 

Jonny noted that when composing the score, he initially wanted to include music that Diana was personally a fan of, before taking a different approach when he hit a “dead end” with his initial idea.

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Jonny performing with Radiohead in 2017

“[The music] just needed to describe that situation and describe the oppression she feels in [the] three days she is in this palace in Sandringham”, he explained.

“It’s a bit like a horror film in a way. There are all these sinister servants loitering under stairs and there is this feeling of paranoia and oppression. The music was meant to enhance that.”

Princess Diana was recently portrayed in The Crown by Emma Corrin, who won a Golden Globe and has been nominated for an Emmy for their performance.

Elizabeth Debicki will take over the role when The Crown returns for its fifth season in 2022.

Naomi Watts has also played Princess Di on the big screen, appearing in the ill-fated 2013 biopic Diana.

Spencer is scheduled to arrive in UK cinemas on 5 November.