Filming of The Crown season 3 is underway, which means it's time for us Brits to learn even more about Queen Elizabeth II's life. Here's everything you need to know about the new season...
How are the cast feeling about The Crown Season 3?
In a new interview, Entertainment Weekly went behind the scenes on the set of The Crown Season 3 to speak to the new cast about how they're feeling about the impending third season. Netflix previously revealed the cast of The Crown would change every two years, with the likes of Olivia Colman and Tobias Mendiez taking over from Claire Foy and Matt Smith as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.
Asked how taking over the role was going, Olivia commented, "It’s horrendous! Everyone loves Claire Foy, so I have got the worst job in the world at the moment. You’re saying all the worst things, thanks!"
She then went on to reveal how excited she was to get the role. "I was incredibly uncool about it," she says. "The producers went, ‘So…’ [I said,] ‘Yes! Yes! I’m really excited! Thank you very much!’ I loved the first two seasons."
Is there a trailer yet?
Er, sort of. It's technically more of a teaser, but Netflix dropped the first ~moving~ footage of Olivia Colman as the Queen on 13 August 2019, and it's made us super excited.
The first trailer for season 2 was released in August 2017, four months before The Crown dropped in full. Considering we know The Crown season 3 will be released in November, this pattern hasn't necessarily been followed - unless a full trailer is going to drop pre-end of August.
Is there a release date for The Crown Season 3?
Yes! Finally Netflix have announced when The Crown season 3 will be released, confirming the series would be dropped in full on Sunday 17 November. In the press release, they revealed, "Written by Peter Morgan and starring Oscar winner Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Ben Daniels as Tony Armstrong-Jones, Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Marion Bailey as The Queen Mother and Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The third series covers the years 1964-1977."
The picture, which shows an announcement on a stand, reads "Dear Public, The official arrival date of the third series of The Crown is as follows: 17th November 2019. We would like to express deep gratitude to all those involved and we wish the public the most splendid of viewing experiences."
Tobias Mendiez, who plays Prince Philip in the new series of The Crown, previously let slip in a BBC Radio London interview that filming for the new series has finished, and that the third series will come almost two years after series two, which was released in December 2017.
"We shot season three and that starts in November," the actor said. Nothing like being straight to the point, eh?
Initially, fans assumed the release would follow the pattern of previous years - season 1 was released in November 2016 and season 2 in December 2017, but November 2018 come and went without The Crown season 3. SURELY we don't have to wait until November 2019?
Who will star in The Crown Season 3?
Queen Elizabeth II
Olivia Colman will take over from Claire Foy to play Queen Elizabeth II, with a new picture released on 13 August 2019 which showed her with the Queen's corgis.
Camilla Parker Bowles
Call the Midwife's Emerald Fennell stars as the future royal. The scene which confirmed Fennell's involved was a reimagining of a polo match in 1975, where Charles and Camilla were reportedly just friends - after their relationship came to an abrupt end when Charles joined the Royal Navy in early 1973.
Josh O’Connor will play Prince Charles in The Crown Season Three. pic.twitter.com/FHrqE2dQhA— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) July 26, 2018
Netflix confirmed on July 27 that Josh O'Connor, who plays Larry in ITV's The Durrells, will play Prince Charles in the next series, portraying the future king throughout his late teens and early 20s.
The Queen Mother
Marion Bailey will play the Queen Mother in The Crown Season Three. pic.twitter.com/T6JX2D8Qyg— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) July 26, 2018
Marion Bailey, who most recently appeared in Mr Turner, will play the Queen Mother in The Crown Season Three.
Erin Doherty will play Princess Anne in The Crown Season Three. pic.twitter.com/yDpxfCSUDy— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) July 26, 2018
Erin Doherty, who has appeared in Call the Midwife, has been cast as Princess Anne in the third season of The Crown, and will play the daughter of Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies) in the new series.
Tobias Menzies will replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip for seasons 3 and 4, Netflix have previously confirmed. Game of Thrones fans will know Menzies as Edmure Tully, while he has also starred in Outlander.
And here's your first look at him as the man himself: Prince Philip.
HRH Princess Margaret
Helena Bonham Carter is replacing Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, which the actress first confirmed when she posted a picture of the two together on Instagram with the caption, "Honoured @thecrownnetflix".
Ben Daniels will play Antony Armstrong-Jones, commonly known as Lord Snowdon - a British photographer and film-maker.
Sex Education's Jillian Anderson has been cast as Margaret Thatcher, which is truly excellent news.
As for other characters, Michael C Hall, who plays US President John F Kennedy in season two, isn't expected to return as JFK was assassinated in 1963, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill passed in 1965, so he's unlikely to appear either.
Producer Suzanne Mackie revealed during a Q&A a new addition to The Crown, commenting, "We start meeting Camilla Parker Bowles in season three.
"We have to be honest, season three and four are being mapped out and the closer the history comes – I now can say, 'God, I know exactly what I was feeling when that happened, I remember that and I remember this.' That's so exciting!"
What will happen in The Crown Season 3?
Seeing as season 2 wrapped with the birth of the Queen's fourth and final child Prince Edward in 1964, we can assume season 2 will pick up right where the story left off.
The show's history consultant Robert Lacey told Town&Country, "We’re now writing season three, and without giving anything away—it’s on the record, it’s history—we’ll see the breakup of this extraordinary marriage between Margaret and Snowdon. This season, you see how it starts, and what a strange character, a brilliant character Snowden was."
Showrunner Peter Morgan confirmed to People that Princess Diana will make her first appearance toward the end of Season 3 before becoming a main character in Seasons 4 and 5.
Per The Sunday Times, it "will be the Wilson era", referring to Harold Wilson, the prime minister from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976.
Watch The Crown Season 3 on Netflix.
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