Gillian Anderson is set to take on an icon, as the actress has been tapped to play Margaret Thatcher in Netflix's The Crown. The streaming service scored a huge hit with their look at the British royal family through the years and the upcoming season is set to shake things up quite a bit, as we'll be leaping forward in time and following a new cast. Now, we have word that Anderson will (hopefully) be a part of that cast in an iconic role.
According to several reports, Gillian Anderson is in talks to take on the role of Margaret Thatcher, dubbed "The Iron Lady" when she held the office of Prime Minister, in The Crown. It's not yet clear if she will be playing the role in both season 3 and season 4, as the rest of the new cast will be taking over in season 3, or if Thatcher will be held for the following season. Either way, Netflix has found the actress they want to play the part. However, it's being reported that her deal has not closed yet and this has been in the works since last April. So, there's a chance that this could fall through, but Netflix will probably find a way to get it done.
Gillian Anderson, best known for her work as Agent Scully on The X-Files, seems like a great fit for the role. Not only does she have the look and acting chops, but she's also got a solid working relationship with Netflix already. Anderson most recently appeared on the streaming service's hit new series Sex Education. If they do find a way to get this deal done, she'll be joining an already impressive cast that will be fronting the series for the next two seasons.
For the first two seasons of the hit Netflix series, Claire Foy and Matt Smith led the way on The Crown. But the plan is to leap forward in time every two seasons, ultimately spanning six seasons in total, to cover the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Season 3 will be heading to the 70s with Olivia Colman (The Favourite) assuming the role of Queen Elizabeth II, previously held by Foy. Also on board for the upcoming season are Tobias Menzies (Outlander) as Prince Philip, Ben Daniels (The Exorcist) as Lord Snowdon and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. The cast will be rounded out by Josh O'Connor (God's Own Country) as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty (Les Miserables) as Princess Anne, Emerald Fennell (Call the Midwife) as Camilla Parker Bowles and Marion Bailey (Allied) as the Queen Mother.
Margaret Thatcher served as the British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and is a towering figure in the history of politics in the U.K. Given the timeline, it's far more likely that Gillian Anderson (should she end up locking down her deal for the role) will be a key player in season 4. The Crown season 3 is set to debut sometime in 2019, but no premiere date has been set by Netflix just yet. This news was first reported by The Times.