BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Emma Corrin lands a risque role to Di for… opposite hunky Harry Styles
Emma Corrin, who plays Lady Diana Spencer in The Crown, has bagged a leading role in upcoming film My Policeman
The pair will play a young couple who become caught up in a polysexual menage a trois.
My Policeman, which director Michael Grandage will shoot from April, is set in 1957 and the early 1990s.
This is a huge leap for Corrin, 25, who has been nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for her exquisite portrayal of ‘Shy Di’ in The Crown’s fourth series.
In My Policeman she will play Marion, who falls for her best friend’s big brother, Tom Burgess (Styles), a policeman in post-war Brighton.
The third member of the love triangle is Patrick Hazelwood, who’s as besotted with PC Burgess as Marion is.
The film, based on Bethan Roberts’s 2012 novel, explores the sexual politics of the 1950s, and the criminalisation of homosexuality. It’s a period fraught with danger for Patrick and Tom; when it’s safer for the bobby to marry schoolteacher Marion than love Patrick openly.
Backed by Amazon Films, it will feature Corrin, Styles and a third actor playing Tom, Marion and Patrick in their youth, and three stars — still to be cast — as the characters 40 years on.
Emma Corrin is pictured playing Lady Diana Spencer in the Netflix production, The Crown
Corrin, 25, has been nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for her exquisite portrayal of ‘Shy Di’ in The Crown’s fourth series
In the novel, the story unfolds in the form of two journals: one by Marion, the other by Patrick, offering contrasting views of Tom, from the perspective of the woman, and man, who love him.
The project, with a screenplay by Ron Nyswaner (who wrote Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington; and also episodes of Homeland) will doubtless strike a chord with those who have turned C4’s It’s A Sin, set during the Aids crisis in 1980s London, into a television triumph.
My Policeman’s a shrewd pick for Corrin, who is seen as one of our next big actresses. Though rightly garlanded for her performance as Diana (opposite a superb Josh O’Connor as The Prince of Wales) she won’t want to be forever defined by her.
Harry Styles is pictured in Dunkirk (2017). Styles and Corrin will play a young couple who become caught up in a polysexual menage-a-trois
Styles performs on NBC’s ‘Today’ at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City in February last year
Styles, meanwhile, seems to be enjoying switching between screen and concert stage. His first foray into pictures was in WWII epic Dunkirk in 2017.
Director Christopher Nolan said he cast the singer because of his ‘old-fashioned face’. His features should fit right into the 1950s setting, too.
The budding actor is currently shooting Don’t Worry Darling for filmmaker and actress Olivia Wilde, with whom he has been romantically linked.