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Naomi Watts on 'Diana' role: 'I might have to leave the country'

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Naomi Watts has spoken about her concerns over portraying Princess Diana in an upcoming film.

Watts stars as the late princess in Diana, a movie that centres on the final two years of her life. It also explores her affair with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan, played by Lost's Naveen Andrews.

UK InStyle's exclusive cover shoot with Naomi Watts.

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Naomi Watts in the October issue of UK InStyle



Speaking to InStyle UK, Watts joked that she may have to escape the UK once the film is released.

"I might go into hiding," she said. "I might have to leave the country."

UK InStyle's exclusive cover shoot with Naomi Watts.

© UK InStyle/Micaela Rossato

Naomi Watts in the October issue of UK InStyle



Watts explained that she nearly refused the role on several occasions, saying: "More than twice I thought about not doing this.

"I said no before I said yes just because taking on that challenge is a massive one. There were weeks of deciding, and then I thought, 'God, I don't like the idea of anyone else playing that role'."

Naomi Watts on the cover of the October issue of UK InStyle.

© UK InStyle/Micaela Rossato

Naomi Watts on the cover of UK InStyle

UK InStyle's exclusive cover shoot with Naomi Watts.

© UK InStyle/Micaela Rossato

Naomi Watts in the October issue of UK InStyle



She added that a backlash from viewers is expected, saying: "Of course, people are going to jump to say, 'She's not tall enough; she doesn't have the nose, the look, the voice...', all of those things.

"But once I got past that, I liked the idea of the challenge."

Diana's supporting cast also features Douglas Hodge as Paul Burrell, Cas Anvar as Dodi Fayed and Geraldine James as Oonagh Toffolo.

The latest edition of InStyle UK - with Naomi Watts's full interview - is out now.

The film is due to open in UK cinemas on September 20. Watch a trailer below:

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