Princess Diana was set to star in sequel to The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner

Actor has confirmed the late Princess of Wales was keen to play role after conversations instigated by Sarah Ferguson

Kevin Costner has confirmed that the late Princess of Wales was set to star alongside him in a sequel to 1992 hit The Bodyguard, in which he starred as an agent assigned to protect a pop star played by Whitney Houston.

Speaking to PeopleTV, Costner said that he, Diana and producers were eager to get the project off the ground.

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

In 2012 Costner first spoke about the project, explaining that the plot would have involved his character protecting Dianas from stalkers and paparazzi before their relationship turned romantic. He said a first script for the project arrived on his desk the day before Diana was killed in a car crash on 31 August 1997.

Speaking to People, Costner recalled that he and Diana had discussed the film, in particular the possibility of intimate scenes.

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