Strength comes through struggle in Season 2 of The Crown, launching on Netflix globally Friday, December 8. Today, Netflix debuted the official trailer and key art for the​ upcoming​ season. This trailer only proves that history was not made by those who did nothing, while providing the most in-depth glimpse yet at this highly-anticipated season, starring breakout star and Golden Globe nominee Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II.

Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty's Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s. The Crown continues to chronicle the major political and global events that have defined and shaped the second half of the twentieth century, a Netflix original series that is unprecedented in its scale, ambition and creative vision.


The Crown, a Netflix original series, tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, as the fragile social order established after the Second World War breaks apart. Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, the series reunites creator/writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). The cast also includes Matt Smith as Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Victoria Hamilton as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary, Jeremy Northam (Antony Eden) and Jared Harris as King George VI.


Netflix also announced last week that the show will be undergoing some big casting changes heading into its technically-unannounced Season 3. After a two-season run as Queen Elizabeth II, Olivia Colman replaces Claire Foy as the lead character for both Season 3 and Season 4. The show's current plan is to show Queen Elizabeth II's life from age 29 on, with each season roughly spanning a decade of her life, with Season 2 spanning from 1957 to 1964. Cast members such as Matt Smith (Prince Philip), Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret), Victoria Hamilton (the Queen Mother), and Jeremy Northam (Antony Eden) are expected to return for Season 3, along with other new cast members such as Matthew Goode as Lord Snowdon, a photographer married to Princess Margaret and Michael C. Hall portraying American President John F. Kennedy.


Peter Morgan created this Netflix series and serves as executive producer with Andy Harries, Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert Fox and Stephen Daldry who also directed the pilot episode. Netflix's Ted Sarandos has confirmed that the show currently has a six-season plan in place, replacing key cast members every two seasons to reflect each stretch of time the show. There is no indication yet as to what other characters will be re-cast for the third and fourth seasons, but hopefully we'll find out more soon. Take a look at the new trailer, courtesy of Netflix YouTube, along with the latest poster for The Crown.

The Crown Season 2 Poster