It's the end of an era. Claire Foy is gone. Long live Oliva Colman.
Listen, *no one* can replace Claire Foy or the original cast of Netflix's "The Crown." But new actors will be stepping into the real-life roles of the royals as the story heads later into the second half of the 20th Century.
Season 3 takes place in the later years of the 1960s into the 1970s. Netflix made the decision to hire older actors instead of artificially aging the existing adult cast, and it was probably the right call. It's not like they skimped on talent.
The great Olivia Colman serves the new Queen Elizabeth II look in an official photo suggesting "Patience":
Looks good so far, but ... "Patience" because it's going to be a long wait before Season 3?
Here's Colman's statement, from after she was cast in the role:
It's fitting that the queen is the first image to be shown, but we're dying to see Helen Bonham Carter as the older Princess Margaret.
The rest of the new main cast includes Tobias Menzies as Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip; and Ben Daniels as Princess Margaret's husband, Lord Snowdon, Antony "Tony" Armstrong-Jones.
Right now, the official social media for "The Crown" still shows Claire Foy and Matt Smith, which is fitting since they are still in the spotlight for the 2018 Emmy Awards. The show was nominated in several categories, including Outstanding Drama Series. We'll find out what it won in September.
"The Crown" Season 3 is now taping for its arrival on Netflix sometime in 2019. Meanwhile, you can see Olivia Colman as another queen when she plays Queen Anne in "The Favourite," alongside Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz; that movie opens in theaters November 23.
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