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Report: Dianna Was To Star in Movie

November 18, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Princess Diana was negotiating before her death to star opposite Kevin Costner in a sequel to the movie ``The Bodyguard,″ the New York Post reported today.

Diana would have played a role loosely based on her life, with Costner as the bodyguard she falls in love with, Costner told Premiere magazine. The Post obtained a copy of the story, which it said was to appear in the magazine’s January issue.

The actor told Premiere he had begun negotiating with the recently divorced princess more than a year ago, the Post said.

``She said, ’Look, my life is maybe going to become my own at some point. Go ahead and do this script and when it’s ready I’ll be in a really good spot,‴ said Costner, who played Whitney Houston’s bodyguard in the first film.

Costner said he received a second draft of the movie script just three days before Diana’s Aug. 31 death in a Paris car crash.

``I picked it up and the first 30 pages were totally her,″ he said. ``It was dignified, sexy, smart, funny _ and I couldn’t finish. I stopped. It broke my heart.″

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