If you haven’t been watching The Crown on Netflix, you’re really missing out. The Netflix-original drama is based on the award-winning play The Audience and follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. The film is said to be a biographical account of the queen’s reign which means we get to see an (at times overly dramatized) account of all the tea that the public wasn’t privy to.
Apparently what went on behind the very private and reserved doors of the royal palace include romances, personal intrigues and political rivalries that we, of course, will all get to see throughout the series supposed six seasons. In the first season, we are introduced to the 25-year-old queen in 1947 as she assumes her new title after the death of her father, King George VI. By the end of season one, it is 1955, Winston Churchill has resigned as Prime Minister, and the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret has decided not to marry Peter Townsend.
The second season covers the Suez Crisis in 1956 through the retirement of the Queen’s third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, along with following the Profumo affair political scandal in 1963 and the birth of Prince Edward in 1964.
Following the end of season two, fans were immediately left wanting more from the impending third season. Leaks of what viewers can expect have already surfaced, and we’ve since learned that the third season will cover the two terms of Harold Wilson as the Queen Prime Minister picking up in 1964 where we left off and carry out until 1976 at the end of his second terms.
The third season we’ll also get to witness Princess Margarets five-year affair with Roddy Llewellyn. Probably the most exciting of season three spoilers is that we will finally be introduced to Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana Spencer. Although it was said that Spencer will be more of a focus in the fourth season, the buzz has since been circulating on who will possibly play the late and massively adored Princess of Wales.
With no definitive word on who will play the late Princess, here are some favorable predictions and suggestions on who should play Princess Diana in The Crown.
1. Carey Mulligan
Mulligan may be considered to be a “big name” in comparison to some of the other possible actresses in the running to play Princess Diana, but her acting abilities are proof that she would be a great option to play Diana Spencer. Mulligan’s resume includes a long list of theater and television work along with being cast in critically acclaimed and cult classics like Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby. Mulligan’s girlish innocence could work in her favor if she plays Spencer. Since having her daughter in 2015, Mulligan’s kept a relatively low profile, but we can definitely see Mulligan coming out of hiding if cast as Spencer.
2. Imogen Poots
There have been several outlets who have listed Poots as a front-runner to play Spencer, and we have to agree. The 27-year-old proved that she’s got what it takes when she starred in the West End adaption of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf last year and had four movies due out last year! While her film career appears to be her strong suit, we can totally see Poots as the Princess.
3. Cara Delevingne
Delevingne is so far from the obvious choice to play Princess Diana that she would be a great option to play Spencer. Sure we know Delevingne has the looks but does she have the acting chops? We think that if Delevingne was cast to play the princess viewers would be shocked and Delevingne could prove herself.
4. Sara Gadon
The 30-year-old Canadian native also has quite an extensive resume similar to that of Mulligan and even has some experience playing a royal. In 2015 she played a young Queen Elizabeth II in the comedy A Royal Night Out.
5. Hermione Corfield
Corfield may have gotten her start just four years ago in the 2014 film 50 Kisses, the 24-year-old’s career looks promising with four films of hers currently in post-production. Playing Spencer could be the role that turns her into a household name.
6. Rosamund Pike
Pike admittedly may be the oldest suggested actress to play Spencer. The 38-year-old may have some issues when playing the 20-year-old Diana, but we think she’d make a pretty good option to play Diana in her later, albeit shortened years. We think Pike will be a good choice especially when or if they show the internal and personal trials and tribulations Spencer faced in her marriage and being thrust into the public eye.
7. Annabelle Wallis
The 33-year-old England native and resident may also have a bit of trouble convincingly playing a younger Spencer but she’d also make a great choice to play the princess in her late 20s until her tragic death. Wallis also has a pretty decent resume-having both television and film roles under her belt.
Who do you think or want to be cast as Diana Spencer in The Crown?