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Netflix announces air date for new royal series, The Crown

It was revealed today that Netflix’s opulent new drama series, The Crown, will premiere on 4 November.

A new teaser for the upcoming series, a retelling of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, premiered today.

“Times are changing. County is changing,” a voiceover teases as two white doors open, revealing members of the Royal Family and Sir Winston Churchill waiting inside.

“For better or worse, the crown has landed on my head,” Queen Elizabeth is heard to say, amidst several other voiceovers blending together.

The series features Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth, and the first season, 10 episodes total, focuses on the early years of her reign. Events such as her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip (played by Matt Smith) and the abdication crisis will also feature in this first season of the series.

The cast was spotted in August of last year filming wedding scenes at Ely Cathedral, a stand-in for Westminster Abbey.

A longer trailer for the show was released back in January.

Peter Morgan, the writer of The Crown, said about the show, “It’s pretty bold but not sensationalising. I’m very vigilant about that, the tone – particularly to protect us and our independence.”

Morgan wrote the screenplay for 2006’s The Queen, in which Dame Helen Mirren portrayed the Queen in the aftermath of Diana, Princess of Wales’s death, and also wrote the 2013 play The Audience, in which Mirren again portrayed the Queen in a retelling of her life based on the weekly audiences she keeps with her prime ministers.

Aside from the royal storyline, The Crown is the most expensive Netflix series ever produced. The streaming service paid £100 million to make the series, and has planned six seasons of the show to feature all aspects of Her Majesty’s reign.

Rounding out the cast are Victoria Hamilton (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother), Jared Harris (King George VI), Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret), Dame Eileen Atkins (Queen Mary), and John Lithgow, who will play the Queen’s first prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill.

The Crown is directed by Stephen Daldry and produced by Andy Harries.

 

 

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