A new Queen will be crowned next year when Olivia Colman takes the throne from Claire Foy in Netflix’s The Crown.
Colman will begin playing Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, when The Crown returns for its third season, which will presumably cover the Queen in the ‘70s.
Foy spoke to Vanity Fair last November after the first season premiered, and revealed that production had already begun on the second season – slated to premiere in December.
“We literally pick up where we left off – in 1956. I think Peter [Morgan]’s taking us up to ’63 or ’64.”
The plan from the start was to switch the cast after the second season, once it was decided that each season would cover roughly a decade of the Queen’s reign.
Shortly after the first season premiered, Peter Morgan, the show’s creator, said that, “You can’t ask someone to act middle-aged. Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds. That informs everything we do.”
When the first trailer for The Crown’s second season premiered in August, Morgan said that he’d already begun thinking about its third season, saying, “I have done some preparatory work, I’d be happy to do it…”
The Crown won’t be the first time Colman has played a royal: in 2012 she starred in Hyde Park on Hudson as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; and in 2018 will star as Queen Anne in a biopic about the monarch’s controversial friendship with Sarah Churchill.
Colman most recently starred in the acclaimed The Night Manager limited series on AMC.
Casting replacements for other royals, including Prince Philip, Princess Margaret, their children, or the Queen Mother have not yet been announced.
The Crown is one of the most expensive television series of all time, with its first season costing a reported £100 million to create. Its second season premieres on 8 December and will tackle the Suez Canal Crisis, Princess Margaret’s marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones, tensions between the Queen and Prince Philip, and feature the Queen’s pregnancy and a state visit from US President John F Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.