Netflix crowns Olivia Colman as next Queen Elizabeth II

Netflix crowns Olivia Colman as next Queen Elizabeth II

Darren Sullivan
October 28, 2017

Since no official order is in place for The Crown season 3 and 4, it remains to be seen what historical events they will tackle, but Morgan previously shared that he plans to move the spotlight from Queen Elizabeth's woes to her son, Prince Charles, and his whirlwind and tumultuous relationship with ex-wife, Princess Diana.

Netflix's historical drama became a fan-favorite when it premiered in 2016, and one of its most acclaimed aspects was Claire Foy's portrayal of a young Queen Elizabeth II.

Ms Colman will start filming series three next year, but the shows won't air on Netflix until 2019.

Colman, who won a Golden Globe for The Night Manager and has also appeared in BBC Three's Fleabag, will play the Queen in the years from 1963, when the monarch turned 37.

She is known for her roles in Broadchurch, Twenty Twelve and Peep Show. So Colman might be the latest Elizabeth, but she likely won't be the last.

Breast Cancer Study Helps Researchers Better Understand the Disease
Male breast cancer is usually hereditary and if your family has history with the disease it could increase your risk. Other genetic variants linked to breast cancer are much less potent on their own, but their effects add up.

Netflix are yet to comment on the reports, but it comes ahead of the release of season 2 in December, which sees Foy and Smith reprising their roles once more. Not that Colman's a stranger to being showered with awards herself, mind you. "You can't ask someone to act middle-aged".

Another actress is expected to take over to play the monarch in later life. Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it.

So far The Crown's executive producers have not made any comments as to who will take over the role of Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, who is now played by actor Matt Smith. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different from the feelings that we all have as 30-year-olds.

Peter Morgan, writer of The Crown, has always said he meant to replace key cast members in later seasons to portray characters as they age.

The Crown gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Queen Elizabeth's life during her wedding and her ascension to the throne, following the death of her father. The new season is expected to roughly cover from 1957 to 1964.