Netflix announced today that actress Emma Corrin is set to play Lady Diana Spencer, the future Princess of Wales, in the fourth season of the highly regarded drama.
Corrin is a newcomer to the acting game, but series creator Peter Morgan is more than confident she can fill the princess’s shoes. “Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer. 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,” he said in a statement.
Prior to snagging this role, Corrin made her feature film debut in the forthcoming historical drama Misbehaviour and her entrance to TV with the upcoming Warner Bros. series Pennyworth.
Corrin said in a statement that she’s “beyond excited and honored to be joining The Crown for its fourth season.”
She went on to express her love for the series, saying, “I have been glued to the show since the first episode and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal. Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To be given the chance to explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do her justice!” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
As previously reported, Princess Diana won’t enter the royal fold until season four, but it’s definitely worth the wait. The show’s upcoming third season, which is expected to premiere late this year, will focus on 1964 to 1976 and will explore Prime Minister Howard Wilson’s tenure in parliament. The fourth season will introduce two strong female characters: Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Princess Diana.
Now we wait…