7 April 1983. Crowds gather around Australia's Perth Hockey Stadium. Everyone wants to see His Royal Highnesses, Princes Charles and Diana of Wales pass by in a big black car. He, 34, in a grey suit and striped tie; she, 21, in an eye-catching long-sleeved fuchsia silk dress with small moles (designed by Donald Campbell) and a matching little bow hat by John Boyd. The couple were in the middle tour real and showed what seemed like a certain complicity and joy—which later turned out not so much—when they had been married for just under three years and had a son of just 10 months old, Guillermo, who accompanied them on it.&;
That scene is one of the first actors Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor recorded together as Princes Diana and Charles for the fourth season of The Crown, the Netflix series on the life of the queen Elizabeth II. The third season of the same will premiere worldwide on November 17, and in it O'Connor will already play the heir to the British throne in its first adolescent and adult stage. However, young Diana will not arrive until the fourth season, which these days is wheeled precisely in Spain,
The actors and the technical team have spent a first stage in Almería, also recreating some of the scenarios of that great Australian tour of the early 1980s, such as his passage on the rocky promontory of Ayers Rock. Afterwards they have moved to Malaga, where they have cut off some central streets near the cathedral to recreate their visit to the hockey stadium. All followed by a great expectation in an atmosphere full of figurations and photographers who have allowed to filter the first photos of this young Lady Di, exactly like the original from head to toe. The actress even wears a replica of the order ring of Charles of England's wife, now worn by Kate Middleton,
Corrin was announced last April for the role of the most popular princess of recent decades. The series was quick to give its name, given the many bets about it; in fact, until then it had only revealed which actors would appear in the third season, in which generational change from the first two occurs. The choice is an almost unknown young British actress who has barely played a role in a series (Grantchester) and another in film Misbehaviour). Then the creator of the series claimed that it was not like that"in addition to having the innocence and beauty of the young Diana, [Corrin] also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from being an anonymous teenager to becoming an anonymous The most iconic woman of her generation".
Season Three of The Crown, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, arrives 17th November. pic.twitter.com/eKPcUOq5Sp— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) August 12, 2019
"More than excited and honored to join The Crown in its fourth season. I've been hooked on the show since the first episode and thinking that I'm now joining this incredibly talented family of performers is just surreal," Corrin said then in a statement released by Netflix. "Princess Diana was an icon and its effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. Having the opportunity to explore it through Peter Morgan's scripts is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do it justice!"zoom in Emma Corrin, during the filming of 'The Crown' in Malaga. CORDON PRESS
By the images it seems yes, that justice is done, at least in that first stage of Diana, candid, shy, with her gaze almost lost. In addition to relatively similar facial features, makeup, hairdressing and (so iconic) costumes have helped transform Corrin into a princess clearly recognizable to the general public.
Next to her have also been incorporated two young actors to play her husband and his mistress. In addition to Josh O'Connor as the firstborn of the Queen of England, Emerald Fennell will be Camilla Shand (the maiden name of the current Duchess of Cornwall; upon marrying her first husband she would become Parker Bowles) and will be present throughout the season three. Fennell has a little more track record than Corrin, and has appeared in series such as Call the midwife or Victoria.
These young actors are joined by three other great consecrated men. The recent Oscar winner for The Favorite Olivia Colman will be Elizabeth II, following the success achieved by Claire Foy in the first two seasons. Matt Smith will be replaced as an already mature Philip of Edinburgh the also consecrated Tobias Menzies, known for series such as Outlander, Game of Thrones or Rome. And Princess Margaret will no longer be in the hands of Vanessa Kirby to be played by one of the most popular British actresses: Helena Bonham-Carter. A high-level cast that, in season four, will be joined by Gillian Anderson (X-Court, Sex Education, The Hunt) to take the reins of prime minister Margaret Thatcher.