Princess Diana set for ‘starring role’ in Bodyguard sequel before death

Princess Diana was close to landing a starring role in a sequel to 1992 movie The Bodyguard alongside Hollywood actor Kevin Costner before her shock death.

Costner starred in the original movie playing an agent assigned to protect a pop star played by Whitney Houston.

Speaking to American celeb site PeopleTV, he claimed that talks for the late princess to appear in a lead role were set to “get off the ground”, with Diana eager to get things moving.

The actor said: “The studio liked the idea of doing a Bodyguard 2,” with Diana taking on a role “in the same kind of capacity as Whitney. Nobody really knew that for about a year.”

Costner first discussed the project in 2012, 15 years after Diana’s death.

At the time, he claimed the film would centre around his character protecting Diana from stalkers and the paparazzi, with their professional relationship taking a romantic turn later in the film.

The actor added that the very first script for the film landed on his desk the day before the horror crash in Paris that claimed her life on August 31, 1997.

Costner also said the Princess had enquired about the possibility of intimate scenes between the main characters, especially kissing scenes.

He said: “She was a little 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’.”

The 64-year-old actor added that movie talks had been initiated by Sarah Ferguson, Diana’s ex-sister-in-law, saying: “She was just so supportive of the idea.”

The Bodyguard raked in a staggering £326million at the box office on its release, and was the second-highest grossing film of 1992.

The movie’s soundtrack remains the best-selling of all time, and the stage version of the movie is still popular in London’s West End.

Princess Diana died in 1997 aged 36 following a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris.

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