With two successful (and unbelievably accurate looking) seasons of Netflix’s brilliant production The Crown, what kind of makeup effects do you expect going into season 3 to age Claire Foy and Matt Smith who play Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip? Surprise, Surprise! There won’t be any. The characters are definitely aging on, but the cast is being recast to maintain the accuracy of it. This also explains why the third season doesn’t have a release date anywhere near in sight. The new cast will have to take their time to adjust. We’re used to seeing nothing less than incredible from the directors, and we expect nothing less at this point too.
Claire Foy expressed her gratitude for having been a part of the journey, wishing well to the directors for the upcoming seasons.
“Well, after two seasons, that’s it. I’m gone. They’re getting rid of all of us. I don’t how they’re planning on doing it, but they’re such an incredible bunch of directors and producers that it’s gonna be different and exciting. It’ll be original. I can’t wait to see where it goes. I’m so honoured to have been involved at this stage.”
The reason for the recasting is that while the second season was set at the time of the Suez Crisis in 1956, stretching over to the resignation of Prime Minister Harold MacMillan in 1963, the third season is expected to fast forward to the 1970s where Camilla Parter Bowles, Prince Charles’ alleged affair and now wife is introduced.
In this time setting, Queen Elizabeth’s character will be in her mid-forties, a difficult feat for the 33 year old actress Claire Foy. The same applies to the recasting of Prince Philip as well. As the two characters are integral to the plot of the crown at this point, the directors want to do justice to the accuracy of the series by recasting to actors who can better embody the lives of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at different points in their life.
For the upcoming season, Tobias Menzies is set to take up the role of Prince Phillip in place of Matt Smith.
Olivia Colman is set to relieve Claire Foy of her demanding set duties as the role of Queen Elizabeth II.
The upcoming season will also be introducing Camilla Parker Bowles who will be played by Emerald Fennel.
Other prominent role changes in the third season include Marion Bailey assuming the role of the Queen Mother, which was previously played by Victoria Hamilton.
Josh O’Conner will be playing an older Prince Charles.
Jason Watkins will be taking on the role of the newly introduced Prince Minister in season three: Harold Wilson.
One of the better played characters, Vanessa Kirby did justice to the role of Princess Margaret. She will now be replaced by Helena Bonham Carter.
Another interesting character in the show, Antony Armstrong Jones will be played by Ben Daniels in the third season as opposed to Matthew Goode.
Beyond all the role changes of the upcoming season, the season after that (season 4) is scheduled to introduce a people’s favorite Princess Diana who will be played by Emma Corin, scheduled to start filming in 2019.