Fans of Isabel, high-quality fiction and Spanish history, rejoice! Because within the next few months, we are going to enjoy the continuation of Isabel’s story, not only on our TVs, but on the big screen as well!
TVE will broadcast Carlos, Rey Emperador (Charles, King Emperor) this fall, but that is only the beginning. When Isabel ended with the queen’s death, it was 1504 and the series about her grandson will begin the story in 1516, when Fernando died and Carlos arrived in Spain to inherit the throne.
But here‘s the thing: during those 12 missing years, many things happened, events that shaped the country and that almost tore it apart. That is where La Corona Partida (The Divided Crown) comes in.
This film, which will have Isabel’s director Jordi Frades behind the camera, tells the story of those tumultuous years, the return of Juana and Felipe to Castile to be crowned as the new queen and king consort, the confrontations between Felipe and Fernando that often involved using Juana as their victim, Fernando’s new marriage to Germana de Foix, Felipe’s mysterious death, Juana’s trip to madness (which, let’s be honest, it wasn’t that, it was depression and jealousy) and Fernando’s ultimate death, which will give way to Carlos, Rey Emperador.
If you’ve followed the posts on this blog about Isabel, you can guess how excited I am about the prospect of a movie like this. For months I had worried about the absence of these years. Were we going to have a ten-minute recap of all that in the first episode of the new TV show, or even worse, were we going to jump into the life of Carlos without even having the chance to witness the turmoil that preceded his reign? That is why this movie is so necessary.
Currently being filmed in places like the cathedrals of Burgos and Toledo, castle Guadamur in Toledo or the church of Santa Maria in Torrelaguna, the movie will see the return of Rodolfo Sancho (Fernando), Irene Escolar (Juana), Raúl Mérida (Felipe), Eusebio Poncela (Cardinal Cisneros), Ramón Madaula (Gonzalo Chacón), Fernando Guillén Cuervo (Fuensalida) or Úrsula Corberó (Margarita of Austria). In addition to this, we will see some new faces, like José Coronado as Maximiliano, Holy Roman Emperor and Felipe’s father, Silvia Alonso as Germana de Foix or Ramón Barea as the Duke of Alba.
This film will not only be the perfect way to transition from Isabel to Carlos, it will be a fantastic opportunity to illustrate some of the most important years in the history of Spain, with events that could have ruined the dream of unity between Castile and Aragon that had brought Isabel and Fernando together all those years back. Luckily, as we will see with the Carlos series, it didn’t come to that. And this movie won’t disappoint.
I will miss Michelle Jenner, though. Maybe she can come back as a ghost to take Fernando with her when he dies?
La Corona Partida will be released in early 2016 (in Spain, anyway).