‘The Crown’ is one of Netflix’s greatest hits, and for its season 3, the show will receive a major overhaul. Olivia Colman will succeed Emmy-winner Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II. Back in October, Netflix announced she was to portray the Queen at least for the next two seasons of the show.
After Foy won an Emmy for Best Actress for her Season 2 role, Colman’s bar (who won an Oscar for her royal performance as Queen Anne in ‘The Favourite’) is quite high. Another high bar was Matt Smith portrayal of Prince Phillip. He’ll be played by Tobias Menzies now.
These are only two of the major changes we’ll see ‘The Crown’ Season 3. Let’s discuss some of them.
When will ‘The Crown’ Season 3 be released on Netflix?
We’ll see the new royal couple on Sunday 17th November 2019. Season 1 premiered on November 2016, and season two in December 2017, but Netflix took an extra break between Season 2 and 3 because of the many cast changes.
Filming started on July 2018 and the main filming finished on February 2019, and Season 4 filming began in August of the current year, which probably means we won’t have to wait that long for Season 4. After that, we’ll likely see another cast overhaul.
What’s the plot?
As we all know, the first two seasons of the show covered the first years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign from 1947 to 1963. The third and fourth season will cover from 1964 to 1976, although we don’t know exactly in which year Season 3 is going to end. But so far we know the Season 3 will follow the decolonization process of Africa and the Caribbean, the birth of Prince Edward (1964), and the rise of Prince Charles to the public eye as he was crowned Prince of Wales in 1969.
Showrunner Peter Morgan said that the new season would focus less on the tensions between Prince Philip and the Queen, and much more on the breakdown of the relationship between Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret. Another major relationship in the season will be between Prince Charles and Camilla. Prince Charles will be played by Josh O’Connor, and the show will take us to his time at Cambridge.
A new player on the show will be Harold Wilson, who was Prime Minister during most of the period and had a steady relationship with the Queen.
What about the trailer and cast?
There’s still no trailer. Netflix usually reveals a trailer only a month or so before the show’s premiere, so we’ll probably have to wait until October to know more about the cast.
Regarding the cast, Olivia Colman was tabbed to play Queen Elizabeth II shortly before winning an Oscar for playing Queen Anne in ‘The Favourite’.
“You can’t compare the two. They both have the word ‘queen’ in the title but that’s it, that’s where it ends,” she said in an interview with ABC. “Queen Elizabeth’s much harder to play. There are sort of no rules for Queen Anne: no one can say, ‘She doesn’t sound like that.’
‘Game of Thrones’ Tobias Menzies will play Prince Philip. His co-star in HBO’s hit, Charles Dance has been confirmed for the show. Even though his role is unconfirmed, it is rumored that he’ll portray Lord Louis Mountbatten.
One of the most expected additions to the casting in Helena Bonham-Carter as Princess Margaret, taking the role previously played by Vanessa Kirby. Princess Anne will be portrayed by ‘Call the Midwife’ lead Erin Doherty, and Jason Watkins will portray Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Prince Charles and Camilla Shand (now Camilla Parker-Bowles) will be played by Josh O’Connor and Emerald Fennell, respectively. Marion Bailey will be the Queen Mother, to complete the Royal Family.
Some of the most recent cast confirmations were Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) as Margaret Thatcher and Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer. However, we won’t see Corrin as Spencer until Season 4. Even as many important roles are confirmed, there are many cast holes to fill. We’ll probably know about them soon.