Fans of “The Crown” are eagerly anticipating the upcoming third season, which will jump to the late 1960s with a whole new set of actors.
Olivia Colman is set to take over the role of the Queen (played by Claire Foy in the first two seasons), while Prince Philip will be played by Tobias Menzies (subbing in for Matt Smith) and Helena Bonham Carter will succeed Vanessa Kirby in playing Princess Margaret.
There will also be several additions to the cast in order to tell the next chapter in the life of Queen Elizabeth II, including Josh O’Connor as young Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon, Jason Watkins as Harold Wilson and Charles Dance (a.k.a devious Tywin Lannister on “Game of Thrones”) as Lord Mountbatten.
With the third season set to premiere next month, filming is already underway on the fourth which will introduce a very important addition to the royal family: Princess Diana, who’ll be played by Emma Corrin.
On Wednesday, fans got their first look at Corrin as young Diana after photographs emerged from filming of an upcoming episode on location in Spain, meant to double for Australia during the couple’s 1983 royal tour.
There is quite a resemblance to the actual photos of the real prince and princess, below, photographed in 1983 at Ayers Rock in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
“I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal,” said Corrin in a statement after she was cast as the People’s Princess. “Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity and I will strive to do her justice!”
Morgan, the series’ creator, also issued a statement about casting Corrin in this crucial role. “Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation.”
The third season of “The Crown” debuts on Nov. 17.