Netflix has confirmed that Olivia Colman will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the third and fourth seasons of its hit royal drama The Crown.
Before Colman and whoever joins her as the older Phillip takeover, though, Claire Foy and Matt Smith will make their final appearances in the series when The Crown returns for its second season later this year on December 8th.
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Ms Colman will start filming series three next year, but the shows won't air on Netflix until 2019. She isn't short of awards, having won a BAFTA for Best Actress for Broadchurch and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for The Night Manager, to name just a couple. "You can't ask someone to act middle-aged". Meanwhile, she will take on the role of Queen Anne in the upcoming movie, The Favourite. Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it.
Colman, who has guest starred on Doctor Who, was even briefly rumored to be in the running for the second-most-iconic British character actor role after a member of the monarchy: as Peter Capaldi's successor as the Doctor, when he announced he would be stepping down earlier this year.
Claire Foy plays the younger iteration of Her Royal Highness and has been critically lauded for her impeccable performance.
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Series creator Peter Morgan has always said that he meant to replace key cast members in later seasons, to better portray the main characters as they age. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different from the feelings that we all have as 30-year-olds.
Colman's apparent involvement comes as part of the show's original plan to run over 60 episodes, with new actors being cast every two seasons. The new season is said to cover from roughly 1957 to 1964.
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