Princess Diana Had Talks With Kevin Costner About Starring in ‘The Bodyguard 2’
Could Princess Diana’s post-royal marriage life have included a big screen turn as an actress? According to Kevin Costner, the late Princess Di had actually been in discussions to join him in a sequel to the popular ‘90s film, The Bodyguard.
Costner had spoken about the meeting in years past, but the subject came up again during a recent appearance on People TV’s Couch Surfing, where he went into more detail about the meeting. The actor-writer-director reveals that their meeting was set up by Sarah Ferguson. He recalls of the meeting with Diana:
I said, look I’m going to write this part with you in mind, is this something you’d like to do? She said, ‘Yes, I do.’ I just remember her being incredibly sweet on the phone, and she asked the question, she goes, ‘Are we going to have like a kissing scene?’ She said it in a very respectful way. She was nervous because her life was very governed. And I said, ‘Yeah, there’s going to be a little bit of that, but we can make that OK too.’
Unfortunately things were unable to move forward, as Costner confirmed that the script for the sequel came through in August 1997, the same month that Diana died in a tragic car accident. Costner added that the studio was intrigued by the idea of Diana in a film, stating, “The studio liked the idea of doing The Bodyguard 2, [with Princess Diana] in the same kind of capacity as Whitney [Houston]. Nobody really knew that for about a year.”
Ultimately, a sequel for The Bodyguard never got off the ground, and it’s not known if Princess Diana would have accepted the role after seeing the script. It’s another intriguing Hollywood “what If” story surrounding casting.
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