The plan for Netflix’s critically acclaimed period drama and true story about the British monarchy under the rule of Queen Elizabeth, The Crown, has always been one that is widely known by television critics and prestige television fans alike.
The show debuted in 2016 with Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth and Matt Smith as Prince Philip and while the show was renewed for a second season that would feature the reunion of these two actors, it was always known that the second season would be the last for the pairing.
This was not because the crew of the show harbored any sort of animosity towards the two actors, but rather because the show was plotting a time jump for the characters. Likewise, they would need older actors to portray the characters they had built out of real people.
Olivia Colman was cast first as the older Queen Elizabeth and there is now another casting announcement to consider because Helena Bonham Carter has been named the actor who will portray Princess Margaret.
It will be interesting to see if the show can handle this very unconventional method of casting and plotting, but if any show can do it, it’s The Crown. Carter can next be seen in the 2018 heist comedy Ocean’s Eight.
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