The Crown is known for recasting its major characters every two seasons on the Netflix show. The series follows Queen Elizabeth II through different moments in her life and the second and third outings will feature a whole new leading cast. Looking ahead, showrunner Peter Morgan has dropped a hint as to whether Oscar-winning actor Helen Mirren could reprise the role.
Will Helen Mirren play the Queen again?
The Crown follows the tumultuous private life of Elizabeth II and those closest to her.
In seasons one and two, Claire Foy took on the role and in the upcoming season three it will be played by Oscar-winning actor Olivia Colman.
However, fans of the show are already be thinking ahead to the final two series of the show and who will tackle the Queen in her later years.
Showrunner and screenwriter Morgan has also revealed his long-term plans for the show in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.
He told the publication: “I thought, ‘It’s quite interesting to do a young queen, a middle-aged queen, and an old queen.
“Originally, when I went to Netflix, I was pitching it as three seasons. It just kept growing.”
The series itself was originally inspired by Morgan’s other projects, the 2006 film The Queen and his 2013 stage show The Audience.
In both of these iterations, the Queen was played by Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar and a Tony Award for these roles.
Naturally, fans of the show are wondering whether Mirren will be back to play her in the hit series.
Responding to this, Morgan revealed he has not discussed this with the actor but he knows she is a fan.
He added: “She loves the show. She thought there was nothing left to say, and I think she’s really surprised.”
Fans will pleased by the news that she could come back again for the role but it is by no means a certainty.
In fact, back in 2015 the actor pre-emptively told BBC Radio 4 she would not star if it was offered to her.
She told Front Row: “No, of course I’m not [in The Crown].
“We must all move on and me most of all. They’ll find many wonderful actresses and they’ll have a grand time.”
She added: “It was a compliment they didn’t ask me, honestly, because they knew that would not be the right thing to do.”
Of course, this is not to say that the actor will not change her mind if she was offered the script in the future.
For now, viewers are eager to see how Colman will portray the indomitable monarch alongside Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.
The third season of the Netflix series will be set in the mid-1960s, covering notable historical moments around that timeframe.
Viewers can expect to see depictions of the 1964 reveal that the Queen’s art adviser Anthony Blunt was a Soviet spy as all as the breakdown of the marriage between Margaret and Lord Snowdon (played by Ben Daniels).
The latest series also introduces adult versions of the Queen’s children, Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Anne (Erin Doherty).
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