Wondering who will play who in the upcoming seasons of The Crown?
In case you somehow missed it: The Crown is a Netflix series that follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century, and it was always planned that the central characters would be re-cast after the first two seasons. Here’s what we know.
Outlander’s “Black Jack Randall” Tobias Menzies will play Prince Philip, replacing Matt Smith. Menzies has just finished filming King Lear for Amazon Studios, as Duke of Cornwall, and has previously played Brutus in HBO’s Rome. This year, you’ll also see him as James Fitzjames in the Television series The Terror.
It had been thought that Paul Bettany would take the role of Prince Philip, but time commitments prevented him from doing so.
Olivia Colman (Murder on the Orient Express) will replace Golden Globe winner Claire Foy in the role of Queen Elizabeth for the third and fourth seasons of the Netflix period series.
Helena Bonham Carter is to play Princess Margaret in the upcoming seasons of The Crown. Bonham Carter will be replacing Vanessa Kirby.
Look for Season 3 of the Netflix period drama in 2019, which reportedly will pick up in the 1970s and will be filmed back-to-back with Season 4.
Do you think Helena Bonham Carter is a good fit to play the part of the controversial Royal?
For her role as Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech, Bonham Carter won best supporting actress (BAFTA) and was nominated for an Oscar. She brilliantly played Helen Schlegel in Howards End.
Period drama fans loved her in an early role as Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove, and will likely remember her as Caroline Abbott in Where Angels Fear to Tread, Edith Ellyn in Suffragette, Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII, Serena Staverley in A Hazard of Hearts, and Madame Thénardier in Les Miserables.
You may have missed her in the 1930s set A Merry War (1997), The Lone Ranger (2013), Hamlet (1990), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), Francesco (1989) and Toast (2010).
Helena Bonham Carter’s earliest period roles include Lady Jane Grey in Lady Jane and Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View.
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