After two successful seasons, Netflix is literally changing the face of The Crown, casting Olivia Colman to replace Claire Foy in the title role of Queen Elizabeth. The streaming service had always planned for Claire Foy to play Queen Elizabeth for just two seasons, with the producers bringing on Olivia Colman to play the title character for Season 3 and Season 4, although the streaming service has yet to officially renew the hit Netflix series for the next two seasons yet.
Season 2, which is slated to debut on Netflix December 8, is expected to cover Queen Elizabeth's life between 1957 and 1964. Other cast members such as Matt Smith (Prince Philip), Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret), Victoria Hamilton (the Queen Mother), and Jeremy Northam (Antony Eden) are also expected to return. Joining the cast for the new episodes are Matthew Goode as Lord Snowdon, a photographer married to Princess Margaret and Michael C. Hall, who plays iconic American President John F. Kennedy. Here's what Claire Foy had to say about exiting the series in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"I'm quite philosophical about these things, and I think the amazing thing about the show is the fact that it will go on and that it hasn't ended badly. It'll go on and have another life. I can't wait to watch it, and I just think whoever they get to play that part, they'll be extraordinary. I will never watch it with any sense of bitterness or regret. I will feel what I will feel now, which is so happy and lucky for the experience."
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has stated that the streaming service plans on airing six seasons of the show, with each season following roughly a decade of Queen Elizabeth's life from the age of 29 on. The current plan is for this series to run six seasons total, with cast members being swapped out every two seasons, to account for the years that have passed in those seasons. It isn't clear which character will be swapped out next, or when the next season starts production for Netflix. 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.
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). 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 series that is unprecedented in its scale, ambition and creative vision. Entertainment Weekly first broke the news about Olivia Colman's casting. She will next be seen in 20th Century Fox's Murder on the Orient Express, hitting theaters November 10.