We may still be patiently waiting for the third season of hit Netflix show, The Crown, but the creators have not only already cast a key character in the fourth season, they’re now looking for an actress to play the all-important role of Princess Diana.
As fans will know, Netflix are making season three and four of the royal drama back-to-back, with the former set to launch on the streaming service this year. And while there have been some major changers to the cast due to the time jump to the late 1960s and 70s, it has now been announced that the team are looking for a new star to play Prince William and Harry’s late mother.
According to reports by The Telegraph, Netflix are on the hunt for ‘a mesmerising new young star with extraordinary range’ to play Princess Diana between the ages of 18-22. In fact, the official job description reads: ‘She has to play charming comedy, flirt and social exhibitionist on the world stage, desperate and lonely self-harmer at her lowest ebb and the kind of psychological intensity of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby.’
Not a tough gig then, eh?
At the moment, the bookies’ bets are on Les Miserables‘ Ellie Bamber, Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Lucy Boynton and Little Drummer Girl‘s Florence Pugh, all of whom are brilliant up and coming talents.
The news comes after it was announced that Gillian Anderson will play the role of late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming fourth season. The X-Files and The Fall actress, who also starred in Netflix’s latest coming-of-age series Sex Education, had been rumoured to be joining the cast of The Crown since the summer of 2018. However, the news was then confirmed in a report by the Sunday Times earlier this year.
Gillian will join Olivia Colman, who will replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth in the upcoming seasons, Helena Bonham Carter, who will take on the role of Princess Margaret from Vanessa Kirby and Tobias Menzies, who will succeed Matt Smith as Prince Phillip when the series reaches the late 1970s.
Margaret Thatcher, who was Britian’s first female Prime Minister, held her position from 1979 til 1990 which is why it is safe to say that Gillian won’t be joining the show until the fourth season.
Netflix has yet to release any further information regarding The Crown season four or the release date for the third season, which is believed to be expected in the early months of this year.
However, as the show is based on real-life events – which have of course been dramatised for our entertainment – it is slightly easier to guess the upcoming storylines. For example, if the third season looks at the years between 1964-1970, history tells us that this is the period when the Queen cultivates her steadiest relationship with soon-to-be Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who served as head of the British government during this time.
Additionally, it should also feature the decolonisation of Africa and the Caribbean, the birth of Prince Edward (March 1964), and Prince Charles’ (who will be played by The Durrells star Josh O’Connor) movement into the public eye following his coronation as the Prince of Wales in 1969.