Season 3 of The Crown may not be available to stream just yet (it premieres on Netflix next month) but that hasn’t slowed the series down. The fourth season is currently in production and with it comes the introduction of a character who becomes a major player in the British Royal Family: Lady Diana Spencer.
While the hosts of The Social made some outrageous picks earlier this year on who should be cast as the woman who would eventually become Diana, Princess of Wales, the casting department of The Crown went with unknown actress Emma Corrin. Though she has since also appeared in the series Pennyworth, she remains fairly green — but obviously won’t be once her season of the royal drama premieres.
In a statement released by the show at the time of her casting, Corrin said, “I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal. 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!” And along with her statement was a headshot of the actress and sure, you could maybe see a slight resemblance between the two. But now, a photo taken on set of Corrin along with her co-star Josh O’Connor, who will be portraying Prince Charles, has been circulating and all we can say is, WOW. Now, keep in mind the shot is by no means an official gift from Netflix to fans and, in fact, was taken by a sneaky photographer with a serious zoom lens. But you get the idea.
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Considering the U.K. isn’t known for its deserts, it’s clear whatever scenes the actors were shooting involved some sort of royal tour. And after some detective work, it appears to be doubling as March 1983, when the couple were in Australia — specifically, at Ayers Rock in Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. This would’ve been nearly two years after Charles and Diana’s wedding and less than a year after giving birth to Prince William, who was with them Down Under at the time.
But who knows how much of Season 4 has been filmed and what the storylines of the season will be. If these pics are any indication, the show is going to milk what they can out of the early years of the Prince and Princess of Wales and maybe, just maybe, there will be an episode focused on their royal wedding.
Corrin is just one of the new faces of The Crown‘s fourth season. She joins Gillian Anderson and Emerald Fennell, who will play Margaret Thatcher and Camilla Parker Bowles, respectively, so with the latter’s addition, we can except all kinds of soapy, love triangle-y drama. While no premiere date has been set for their installment, which spans 1964 to 1977, the third season will be available November 17.
The upcoming season will also have a sense of newness to it all, as it’s jumping ahead in time — which is the series’ overall plan, having new stars taking over the roles every two seasons. Olivia Colman is out and Claire Foy is in as Queen Elizabeth, while Tobias Menzies will play Prince Philip, who was previously portrayed by Matt Smith. Helena Bonham Carter steps in as Princess Margaret, taking over for Vanessa Kirby, and Ben Daniels has signed on as Margaret’s husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, replacing Matthew Goode.