The Crown Reveals The Next Queen of England After Claire Foy
Netflix’s The Crown is doing something radical in their casting. Rather than age up their leads as the series progresses, they’re recasting.
It’s always been a problem in historical dramas that span generations. How does one handle the aging up of actors as the time flies? Obviously, children and teenagers must have separate castings, but is there really so much of a difference between 25 and 65 that can’t be handled with a bit of makeup?
Yes, yes there is, says Netflix. So much so that they are doing something radical for a hit TV show, broadcast or streaming. They’re recasting the parts of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip every two years, as the series ages them up. Claire Foy and Matt Smith have portrayed them in their 20s and will do the same for their 30s this coming year. With the release of Season 2 on the horizon this holiday season, the show is now looking forward to the next pair, who will portray the Queen and her husband in her 40s and 50s.
They’ve found one of the two so far, and it explains at least one other casting decision made in the last few months. According to Entertainment Weekly, which broke the news:
The Netflix series has tapped British actress Olivia Colman to replace Emmy nominee Claire Foy in the series. Colman will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth for seasons 3 and 4 of the acclaimed period drama, EW has learned. Colman is known for her roles in The Lobster and Hot Fuzz, plus is in the upcoming Murder on the Orient Express.
Olivia Colman was also on the short list to be the first female Doctor in Doctor Who up until this summer when she suddenly seemed to drop away. We can see why. Instead, she chose to go for royalty.
Meanwhile, Season 2, Foy’s last, will cover the period from 1957-1964. This will also be Matt Smith final turn as Prince Philip. Along with them, the rest of the cast from last year, including Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret), Victoria Hamilton (the Queen Mother) and Jeremy Northam (Antony Eden). New castings include Downton Abbey‘s Matthew Goode as Princess Margaret’s actual eventual husband Lord Snowdon, as well as Michael C Hall as American President John F. Kennedy.
The Crown Season 2 will be available starting Friday, December 8, 2017