Biopics are hard in that, sometimes, they put bad wigs on actresses and expect the audience to have an easy time pretending they're highly recognizable real people. Thankfully, other times, they get it pretty well right, as they did for the upcoming BBC2 film King Charles III, for which Charlotte Riley has been cast as Kate Middleton.
The Peaky Blinders star and Tom Hardy's wife will play the Duchess in a fictional plot line following the Queen's death and Prince Charles' ascension to the throne. (There's rioting and mayhem after he refuses to sign a controversial bill into law, which is like, yeah, timely.)
"To be both modern and rich in verse and to play someone who is real but yet totally re-imagined for this story is an exciting prospect for an actor," Riley said. "Kate Middleton is a really interesting woman, and it is a challenge I am really looking forward to."