If there’s one thing Netflix knows how to do well, it’s get us absolutely, feverishly hooked on a period drama. Today, it was announced the streaming giant would be combining the best parts of two of its most beloved recent releases—The Crown and Bridgerton—by adapting the famous D.H. Lawrence novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover centres around a noble woman’s affair with a gamekeeper on her husband’s estate. The book was extremely controversial when it was first published in Florence in 1928 due to its content and after some heavy editing, four years later, an expurgated version finally made it to England. But astonishingly, it took almost 30 years for the full text to be published overseas in the 1960s, after it was the subject of an obscenity trial over its for its provocative plot and use of ‘risqué’ sexual references.
Basically, expect this show to be steamy with a capital S.
If that alone isn’t enough to hook you in, Golden Globe winner Emma Corrin, who played Princess Diana in The Crown, is returning to Netflix as the lead role, playing yet another woman in a rocky marriage to a wealthy man.
Below, everything we know so far.
WHAT IS LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER ABOUT?
Lady Chatterley’s Lover follows a woman named Constance Chatterley (Corrin) as she navigates her marriage to the wealthy landowner, Sir Clifford. Clifford is paralyzed from the waist down and spends a majority of his time reading, ignoring his wife, and obsessing over their estate.
As the relationship dissolves, Chatterley falls for their estates’ handsome gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. The two embark on a love affair that tests Chatterley’s alliances and morality, leaving her to grapple with her own privilege and the decision of whether to leave her husband for true love or remain in a broken marriage for money, power and class.
WHO’S BEEN CAST IN LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER?
So far, we only know that Corrin will play Lady Chatterley. Former Skins actor Jack O’Connell, and rising-star Matthew Duckett have also joined the cast, but their roles have not been disclosed.
WHEN WILL LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER BE RELEASED?
Netflix has not begun production yet. However, the platform did announce “principal photography” for the series is beginning in the next few months. If all goes according to plan, we may be able to expect a late 2022 release.