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The Crown Just Cast Relative Newcomer Emma Corrin to Play Princess Diana

But she won't appear on the show until season 4.
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Fans of The Crown, the Netflix series chronicling Queen Elizabeth's reign, is set to return for its third chapter later this year, but die-hard fans of the show are already getting excited about season four, when the story will introduce Princess Diana.

Here's everything we know so far:

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THE SHOW JUST CAST ITS PRINCESS DIANA.


Netflix shared the news that Emma Corrin, a relative newcomer who has appeared on Grantchester, will be playing the late Princess of Wales on Twitter in April.

"I have been glued to the show and to think I'm now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal," Corrin said in a statement about the role. "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."

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See the full announcement from Netflix here:

Diana will be introduced in season four, and filming will begin later this year.

Previously, the Sun published what it purported to be an ad for the role, which called for an actress between the ages of 18 and 20. "We need a mesmerizing new young star with extraordinary range," it reads, per the Sun. "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."

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MOST OF THE REST OF THE SEASON'S CAST IS ALREADY IN PLACE.

While there was an enormous upheaval between seasons two and three—showrunner Peter Morgan famously recast the entire show—the majority of the characters will be played by the same actors in seasons three and four. For example,Olivia Colman will star as Queen Elizabeth in both seasons, and Helena Bonham-Carter will portray Princess Margaret.

"It was very sad to say goodbye to the season one and two cast; they were brilliant and we'd all become friends," executive producer Suzanne Mackie told the Hollywood Reporter of the process. "But I don't think any other show has recast its characters between seasons, so there is something both nerve-wracking and exhilarating too."

ANOTHER NEW MEMBER OF THE CAST IN SEASON FOUR WILL REPORTEDLY BE GILLIAN ANDERSON, PLAYING MARGARET THATCHER.

Several outlets have reported that the X-Files and Sex Education star will play the U.K.'s first prime minister, but Netflix has yet to confirm that news.

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SEASONS THREE AND FOUR ARE BEING FILMED BACK-TO-BACK.

Hopefully that means fans of the show won't have to wait such a long time between installments. At this point, Netflix has yet to confirm a schedule for future seasons of the show. Morgan has previously said he hopes for the show to run for six seasons. Season three of The Crown will premiere on Netflix at some point this year.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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