Helena Bonham Carter The Crown

Update: Netflix has released the first photo of Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in The Crown season 3. Read on for our previous coverage about the first photo of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II.

Netflix’s regal series The Crown is shaking things up for season 3. Rather than apply make-up to the original cast to make them appear older during the passage of time, everyone has been recast, including lead Claire FoyBroadchurch actress Olivia Colman now steps into the role of Queen Elizabeth II, and you can see the first look of her in character below.

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the crown season 3 cast

The Crown season 3 continues to fill out its cast as it jumps forward in time. The Exorcist actor Ben Daniels is the latest addition, taking on the role of Lord Snowdon. Matthew Goode played the character as a younger man in The Crown season 2.

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the crown season 3 cast

Tobias Menzies, who has appeared on Outlander and AMC’s new horror series The Terror, is about to become royalty. Menzies will take over for Matt Smith on The Crown season 3, which is aging up its entire cast to show the passage of time. More on The Crown season 3 cast below.

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The Crown Season 3

Update: THR now reports that Paul Bettany has a scheduling conflict and will not star in The Crown season 3. So the hunt is on for a new Prince Philip. Our original story continues below.

All hail Prince Paul Bettany. As Netflix’s The Crown jumps forward in history, the original cast is being replaced with slightly older actors to show the passage of time. The latest actor in talks for a lead role: Paul Bettany, who may be next in the royal line to succeed Matt Smith in the role of Prince Philip in The Crown season 3.

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The Crown season 2 review

The Crown returns to Netflix for season 2 today, bringing with it a whole new era of scandal, romance, and royal intrigue. While it may not be the most action-packed shows to grace the streaming platform, it is one of the best: an old fashioned, admirably episodic costume drama with superb performances, intricate direction, and enough simmering, bottled-up righteous fury to keep you hooked from beginning to end (give or take an episode or two).

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the crown season 2 trailer

The Crown season 2 trailer has just arrived to hint at a much darker, more brooding second season to Netflix’s award-winning show about the British Royal Family. Claire Foy returns as Queen Elizabeth II, who finds her world in even more upheaval due to familial problems and palace gossip. The second season arrives on Netflix in December.

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the crown trailer

Once again, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan adapts his stage work. Morgan, who previously adapted his play Frost/Nixon, is bringing The Audience to Netflix with director Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). The story of Queen Elizabeth II’s (Claire Foy) rise is now called The Crown, and season one of the English period drama debuts this Friday on Netflix.

Below, watch The Crown trailer.

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netflix's the crown trailer

It seems like every week now, Netflix releases a new trailer for a new original television series that seems too good to be true. The level of talent and material they are producing is just unmatched, even by HBO at this point.

Today’s trailer is for The Crown, a new original series which reunites Academy Award-nominated writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with three-time Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). It’s an adaptation of the award-winning play The Audience, which tells the behind the scenes story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, “revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.”

Watch The Crown trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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After years of working on the Freddie Mercury biopic, Sacha Baron Cohen parted ways with the project over “creative differences.” Cohen envisioned a warts-and-all, honest bio film, but the remaining members of Queen, unfortunately, were not supportive of that vision.

Below, Sacha Baron Cohen discusses what went wrong with the long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic, which David Fincher wanted to direct at one point.

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The Crown trailer

Netflix’s upcoming drama has some serious talent behind it. That’s generally the case, but The Crown, in particular, has such a promising cast and writer involved. Based on the award-winning play “The Audience” and written by Academy Award nominee Peter Morgan (RushThe Queen), the Netflix drama focuses on Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign.

Watch The Crown trailer after the jump.

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