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First look at Naomi Watts as Princess Diana

Naomi Watts as Diana, Princess of Wales, 2012. Ecosse Films/Laurie Sparham

(CBS News) The first photos of actress Naomi Watts portraying Diana, Princess of Wales, have surfaced.

The British-born actress will portray Diana in Ecosse Films' upcoming biopic, simply called "Diana."

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Previously titled "Caught in Flight," the movie is being directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and will star Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge and Juliet Stevenson.

The production company released a statement saying the film "charts how finding true personal happiness allowed her to achieve her defining successes, as she evolved into a major international campaigner and humanitarian."

Principal photography started this week. According to BBC News, Watts said from the set, "I'm excited and honored to be playing the role of a truly remarkable woman, who had such a positive and profound impact in so many ways."

The 43-year-old actress is six years older than Diana was when she died.

There's no official release date yet for "Diana," though it's expected out in 2013.

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