EW compiles a list of contenders to take on the royal pair for Ryan Murphy's upcoming series

By Rachel DeSantis
February 28, 2017 at 03:41 PM EST

Season 1 of Ryan Murphy’s latest small screen venture, FX’s Feud, hasn’t even hit screens yet, but no matter. It’s already time to get that afternoon tea brewing, because, as the network announced Tuesday, the British are coming for season 2.

The second season of Feud will head across the pond to delve into the ill-fated romance of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

The royal family has been more relevant than ever as of late (The Crown is on Netflix and it’s good! Prince Harry is dating that woman from Suits!), which raises the question: Who will be able to step into the (presumably high-fashion, and certainly high-profile) shoes of Charles and Diana?

We rounded up some possible candidates we’d love to see rock the royal roles. Check out our picks below.

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Laura Carmichael: The transition from one Lady to another can’t be that much of a stretch, right? Carmichael is best known for her portrayal of Lady Edith Crawley on Downton Abbey, and we think she’d tackle Lady Di with the same amount of poise.

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Carey Mulligan: The actress has shown her depth in films like An Education and The Great Gatsby, so it’s just an added bonus that her hair currently happens to be at just the right length to play Diana (yes, we know wigs exist, but perhaps it’s a sign!).

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Kirsten Dunst: She may be American, but Dunst has survived the Green Goblin in Spider-Man, handled the end of the word in Melancholia, and ruled a country in Marie Antoinette. Surely mastering a British accent would be an easy feat for the Emmy nominee.

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Romola Garai: Even if you’re unfamiliar with the British actress, her appearance is strikingly similar to Diana’s. Just imagine a shorter haircut, some sapphire jewelry, and of course, the Travolta dress, and it’s hard to imagine the role taken on by anyone else.

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Sarah Paulson: Oh, come on. Did you really think we’d make a Ryan Murphy casting list and not include Sarah Paulson?

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Andrew Garfield: He was a fixture during this year’s awards show season for his role in Hacksaw Ridge, and there’s no denying the man formerly known as Spider-Man exudes a particular British charm we’d love to see reflected in Charles.

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Jamie Bell: Does having Jane Eyre on your resumé qualify you to play other important British historical figures? We’ll hope the answer’s yes, because Bell has just the right look and charm to play a young Charles.

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Ben Barnes: Fresh off a stint on Westworld as the cocky, self-indulgent Logan, we’re sure that Prince Caspian himself would be thrilled to return to his natural British accent. And let’s be real, we’d be thrilled to hear it.

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Russell Tovey: You may know Tovey from his role as Harry on Quantico, but the English actor rose to fame playing a werewolf on the British drama Being Human, so you know he’s got the whole “playing someone who acts totally different in public than they do in private” thing on lock. Also (and hear us out on this one), he’s got the right ears.

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Harry Treadaway: The British actor is best known as Victor Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful, but when he’s not busy creeping us out with his obsession with death, Treadaway’s bone structure and mop of brown hair are rather reminiscent (enough) of a young Charles.

Season 1 of Feud debuts Sunday on FX; go behind the scenes of EW’s recent cover story on the show above and leave other suggestions in the comments below!

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