Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman will be seen taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy.
Netflix's hit historical drama series, The Crown, will return for the third time this year. On Monday, the giant streaming site announced that November 17 would be the premiere date for the third season. So the countdown is officially on! Actress Claire Foy, who played the iconic role of Queen Elizabeth II for the first two seasons, will not be making a comeback. Instead, Academy Award winner Olivia Colman will assume the role of the ruling figure. To tease the audience further, Netflix also included a snippet of Colman's character in their tweet reports CNN.
Season Three of The Crown, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, arrives 17th November. pic.twitter.com/eKPcUOq5Sp— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) August 12, 2019
Dressed in a gorgeous evening gown accompanied by the royal blue sash and crown, Colman looks every bit the part. She is seen pacing in a room before turning and staring dead into the camera and, of course, it ends right there! Although Netflix doesn't give much away in this short clip, it has surely piqued our interest. Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby, who played the role of Prince Philip and Princess Margaret respectively, will also be replaced by Tobias Menzies and Helena Bonham Carter for the upcoming season according to Entertainment Weekly.
In addition, Ben Daniels will play the role of Margaret’s husband Anthony Armstrong-Jones while Marion Bailey stars as the Queen Mother. Lord Mountbatten's role will feature Charles Dance and Jason Watkins will essay the role of Prime Minister Harold Wilson. As for Princess Anne and Prince Charles, Erin Doherty and Josh O’Connor have been roped in.
Often, a change in lead actors is not favorably looked upon. However, people are excited to see Colman in this new avatar. Colman has previously won the Oscar for Best Actress for her nuanced performance as the 18th-century British monarch, Queen Anne, in The Favourite. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Colman jokingly said, "It’s in my contract now — I’ll only play queens!" Hopefully, she will continue her award-winning performance in this latest project. As per PEOPLE, Colman was spotted filming scenes with a few of her fellow actors, including Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother, over the weekend at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield.
Based on what we've seen so far, the actress seems to be doing a great job filling in her predecessor Foy's shoes. This is saying something for Colman's acting chops since Foy left us without a doubt about her talents as evidenced by her Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild awards for her portrayal of the monarch. Although Foy's part in this series has come to an end, it surely hasn't slowed her down. During an interview with PEOPLE, the 34-year-old actress expressed her excitement for whatever's in store for her. "I don’t feel like I’m defined by playing Queen Elizabeth," said Foy, who is grateful for being cast in this iconic role. "It’s a huge honor that people liked that character and therefore see me as that character. So, I’m not trying to actively go against that."
Foy revealed how she wouldn't hesitate to take up any challenging roles in the future. "My career is only for me, really," she said. "I can’t do it for anybody else and so the choices and decisions I make are purely based on what I want to do. That’s it really. It’s a really selfish thing," she added. Foy was quick to find herself other roles as she starred with the heartthrob Ryan Gosling in a space drama, First Man, that follows the journey of Neil Armstrong to the moon. When asked about the movie, she said, "It was a dream, really," adding further, "I would have begged to be part of it. It was just an incredible, incredible thing to be allowed to kind of play this character and work with these people really."