When Lifetime announced it would soon be making a movie based on the real life romance between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (titled, of course, Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance) fans everywhere were doubly delighted by the prospect and horrified by what could be terrible, terrible casting.
After all, Lifetime did not exactly do a great job casting people to play Prince William and Kate Middleton for their film.
But as luck would have it, every mom’s favorite network appears to have hit the nail on the head with casting this time — at least with the actor playing Markle.
According to People, Parisa Fitz-Henley, best known for her role in the Netflix series “Jessica Jones,” is set to play Markle in the film. And we’ve got to hand it to the casting director: Fitz-Henley really could be a body double for Markle. Just take one look at her Instagram and tell us she doesn’t bare a striking resemblance to the future royal.
#tbt to when I got my @gatenm123 sweatshirt (he made them to support charities that benefit folks, like him, with cleidocranial dysplasia) after becoming such a huge fan of @strangerthingstv S1. So psyched for S2!!!! 🤗🔥
A post shared by Parisa Fitz-Henley (@parisafitzhenley) on Oct 26, 2017 at 10:40pm PDT
As for Harry, he will be played by Murray Fraser (of the mini-series, “The Loch”), who seems like a totally swell guy, but looks absolutely nothing like Harry.
Fraser is British, however, so the accent is sure to be spot on.
Still, there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful about the film, like the incredible team working behind the camera. According to Vanity Fair, the Lifetime project will be directed by British filmmaker Menhaj Huda. On Twitter, Huda said he is “so excited to be helming such an inspirational love story of our time.”
Moreover, the script is currently being crafted by Scarlett Lacey, who was a one-time executive story editor and staff writer on the drama series, “The Royals.”
According to Lifetime, the movie will “examine the history of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the moment they met after being set up by friends, through their initial courtship when they were able to keep their romance under wraps, and ultimately the intense global media attention surrounding their relationship and [Markle’s] life as a divorced American actress.”
Honestly, it wouldn’t matter if Meghan and Harry were being played by sock puppets, we are still totally planning to tune in when it premieres later this spring.