With all these royal engagements, weddings and babies, the hum-drum about who will play the real-life royals in the third and upcoming season of The Crown is all the more real. Season three is looking to cover 1964-the early 1970s which means the show will begin to tap into events of the young royal family members who we know today. Casting a living person in the public eye is hard work, but casting a role where the character has been played and developed by another actor for the past two seasons adds a whole new challenge. The Crown's casting director Nina Gold (who has also cast for Game of Thrones) chatted to Vanity Fair about casting the third season of the royally addictive show, shutting down rumours and dropping subtle hints about who we can expect to see on the small screen come season three.

Dissecting ‘The Crown’ season 3 casting rumours

What we do know so far is that Olivia Colman will replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth and that Helena Bonham Carter is strongly rumoured to follow Vanessa Kirby in playing Princess Margaret. Paul Bettany was allegedly going to replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip, however Vanity Fair confirmed that these negotiations have ceased.

In terms of new characters, we'll break the bad news first: "Diana's not in this season," Nina Gold told Vanity Fair, dismissing previous claims that she would make an appearance. Instead season three will introduce a young Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and Camilla Shand (later known as Camilla Parker Bowles). So who can we expect to play these young aristocrats?

While Foy, Kirby and Smith had done plenty of work on the acting scene, in terms of 'celebrity' before being cast in the Netflix series, they were relatively unknown. Gold explained to Vanity Fair that the same approach in casting relative 'unknowns'  will be applied to season three and four. "We're unlikely to cast a major movie star. It's quite interesting and fun to try and find new or new-ish talent," said Gold.  "When we cast Claire and Vanessa, they had done loads of really good work, but they weren't very well-known to this kind of worldwide audience-which was great, because they totally owned the characters without too much baggage." So don't expect to see Emma Watson playing a young Princess Diana in The Crown season 4.

"Charles, Camilla, and Anne are going to be pretty interesting characters to follow, because they are just coming into their own," said Gold. "We've cast a pretty wide net for these new young characters."

Diana will likely be introduced in the fourth season. "When we do get to her, that is going to be pretty interesting," said Gold, detailing that they are looking for someone who will accurately portray the mannerisms and traits of upper English class. "In the 60s and even 70s, the class distinctions were more extreme than they are now," Gold explained. "There are so many tiny, intangible signifiers of class and status that we don't even realise."

One thing is for sure, the roles of the young British royals in The Crown season three could prove to be career makers for upcoming actors and actresses. Stay tuned.  

Dissecting ‘The Crown’ season 3 casting rumours