The next season of The Crown will likely include new faces including Helena Bonham Carter! Entertainment Weekly recently reported that the English actress is in talks to take over Vanessa Kirby's vivid portrayal of Princess Margaret in Season 3 and 4 of the award-winning Netflix show.
And now, it seems that Vanessa —who played rebel royal Princess Margaret in the hit series — has taken to Instagram to confirm that Helena will be replacing her. Vanessa posted a picture with the actress to Instagram, along with the caption: "Honoured @thecrownnetflix". It was previously revealed that the original cast would be replaced in order to maintain the authenticity of the time jumps in the series.
Helena is a fitting pick for the role for myriad reasons, with the top being that the 51-year-old is well-versed in all things royal, having been nominated for an Oscar for her work as Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret's mother, the Queen mother, in the 2010 film The King's Speech.
"[Helena] was previously rumored to be in the running to play Elizabeth, but that lead role ultimately went to Olivia Colman, who will replace Emmy nominee Claire Foy," EW explained. The actress has also appeared in films including the Harry Potter franchise, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Les Misérables — so, there's no denying she has the acting chops to play the complex character.
Opening up to People while promoting The King's Speech eight years ago, Helena revealed that she's always "respected" the royal family. "I've always had respect for them as individuals," she said. "I've never had any envy for that kind of life. The sheer amount of duty! You also don't have too much personal freedom. It is a gift to know how to be a public figure."
Season 2 told the story of Queen Elizabeth II's reign through the early-to-mid 60s, which leads us to believe that that's when Season 3 will begin. However, the writers could always make an unexpected time jump to begin the season further in the future. But, so far, the show has followed a specific pattern, so it's unlikely that the season will pick up further along than the mid-60s. It would make sense because Peter said Claire could only play Elizabeth until 1964, and Charles and Camilla (who will be introduced next season) start dating in the 70s, which seems to confirm the time frame. As for the new casting, Claire (who played Queen Elizabeth) thinks it's a great idea.
"I always knew from the get-go that I was only going to be doing two [seasons]. I’m just very grateful that I have had such a wonderful time playing that part and made friends for life," she said in a previous interview. Showrunner Peter Morgan added, "I feel that when we reach 1963 to 1964 we’ve gone as far as we can go with Claire Foy without having to do silly things in terms of makeup to make her look older. She can’t help the fact she’s as young as she is." We can't wait to watch the new cast!
Parts of this story were written by Ellie McDonald. It originally apeared on our sister site, Now to Love.