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British actors cannot audition to play Prince William in a new 2021 biopic due to new Brexit rules, the casting director says

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  • British actors will not be able to audition for the role of Prince William in the new Princess Diana biopic because of new regulations brought on by Brexit, according to the casting director.
  • The new Brexit rules are set to go into effect on January 1, 2021.
  • Prince William won't be the only non-British cast member starring in the film, as Kristen Stewart is set to play Princess Diana. 
  • "Amy Hubbard Casting is looking for a boy with a playing age of 9-12yrs to believably play Prince William at 11 years old," a casting call put out by the film's casting director said. "Must have European passport, not British European." 
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British actors will be unable to audition for the role of Prince William in an upcoming biopic "Spencer" about Princess Diana because of new Brexit regulations that will go into effect on January 1, 2021, which will officially distinguish the UK from the rest of the European Union. 

Amy Hubbard, the film's casting director, announced on Twitter that boys auditioning for the role should believably be nine to 12 years old and "MUST have a European passport (NOT British European due to new Brexit rules from January 1st 2021)." 

 

When confused Twitter users fired back asking why the restrictions would prevent British actors from traveling to the German film site, Hubbard said the issue wasn't related to travel regulations or work visas — rather, it is common practice for actors with main roles to share the same passport as a film's investors. 

"It's not about travel. It's common on films that the passport for significant characters needs to match that of the financiers," she wrote in a subsequent tweet.

Prince William will not be the only main role filled by a non-British actor, as Kristen Stewart is set to play Princess Diana.  

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