We're already done binge-watching the first second seasons of Netflix's royal drama The Crown, so now we are already looking forward to Season 3 of the hit show. That's because there are going to be some shocking changes, including many new central cast members. Scroll down to see everything we know about the third season of The Crown so far!
The Crown Season 3 won't be back for quite some time.
Although we don't have an exact date yet, we do know the Netflix show will return in 2019. We hope it comes back earlier in the year!
Vanessa Kirby will no longer play Princess Margaret.
Helena Bonham Carter has finally been confirmed to take over as Princess Margaret in the series' next phase. It had been widely reported that the Harry Potter actress would be taking over from Vanessa Kirby when the time-jump occurred. Vanessa had even shared an Instagram photo with Helena back in January, writing that she was "honoured" in the caption.
Helena Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret in The Crown Season Three. pic.twitter.com/Rf5EAckD3c— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) May 3, 2018
However, the official confirmation only came today courtesy of Netflix. "I'm not sure which I'm more terrified about – doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby," Helena said in a statement. "The only thing I can guarantee is that I'll be shorter than Vanessa."
Matt Smith will no longer play Prince Philip.
Matt, 35, will be exiting the show because he's simply too young to play Prince Philip now, and his replacement has finally been confirmed after much speculation. According to the show's Twitter account, Tobias Menzies will take over the role for the next two seasons, and will begin shooting the series this summer in the UK. Tobias has previously starred in Outlander, Game of Thrones, and Rome.
"I'm thrilled to be joining the new cast of The Crown and to be working with Olivia Colman again. I look forward to becoming her 'liege man of life and limb,'" his statement read.
Tobias Menzies will play Prince Philip in The Crown Season Three. pic.twitter.com/7GID5ZCNix— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) April 5, 2018
This comes just a few weeks after it was reported that Hugh Laurie would be taking over the role. "Hugh’s name has been swirling around for a long while now and it hasn’t yet stopped — he is the sort of big name that would draw in viewers," a source told Daily Mail at the time. "Other actors have been considered, but Hugh is viewed as the perfect choice." Prior to that, fans were convinced that Paul Bettany would be cast.
At one point, many fans were calling for UK star David Tennant to take his place, which would be ironic because Matt actually replaced David as The Doctor in Doctor Who. David actually wouldn't be a bad idea, though, as he is 47 years old, and he does look believably like Prince Philip.
In early December, Matt did accidentally share that he knew who his replacement was. "Well, I don’t know, I maybe know. I don’t know if I know. I’m not meant to know, but I maybe know," he teased Seth Myers on Late Night. "If it’s the person that it could be I was just totally flattered. I thought, 'Oh I’m flattered.''" Who could be so flattering?!
Claire Foy will also no longer play Queen Elizabeth.
Though 34-year-old Claire is a flawless Queen Elizabeth, show creator Peter Morgan revealed that the character will simply be too old by the mid-60s for Claire to be believable in the role. "I feel that when we reach 1963-64 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," he said. "She can't help the fact she's as young as she is." Instead, Queen Elizabeth will be played by Olivia Coleman, who is 44 years old.
Olivia Colman will play Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown Season Three. pic.twitter.com/EI7EBihFwn— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) April 5, 2018
Luckily, Olivia — who is taking lessons to perfect the Queen's accent — has Claire's stamp of approval. "She's great," Claire gushed to Jimmy Fallon. "You'll forget all about me and the rest of the cast. You'll be like, 'Who are they?' We're the warm-up act."
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be introduced in Season 3.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be introduced in Season 3, though at the time she will simply be known as Camilla Parker Bowles. "[Showrunner] Peter’s already talking about the most wonderful things," said Producer Suzanne Mackie at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival in April. "You start meeting Camilla in Season 3." Of course, Camilla eventually becomes Prince Charles' second wife. And according to a recent report, Charles in panicking over the new season because he "can't escape his past."
Season 3 will take place in the mid-60s.
Season 2 went through the early-to-mid 60s, so Season 3 will pick up in 1964. It's the year Labour leader Wilson entered 10 Downing Street for the first time. His term marked several major progressive reforms in the UK and he had a documented pleasant relationship with Her Majesty.
Netflix also confirmed that Jason Watkins has been cast to play Prime Minister Harold Wilson, of which the actor said: "I am delighted to become part of this exceptional show."
Jason Watkins will play Prime Minister Harold Wilson in The Crown Season Three. pic.twitter.com/TtpKkfnbuk— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) May 3, 2018
"Harold Wilson is a significant and fascinating character in our history. So looking forward to bringing him to life, through a decade that transformed us culturally and politically. And excited to be working so closely with Olivia; and the whole team."
Yes, there will also be a Season 4.
The Crown has been renewed by Netflix through Season 4, which producer Suzanne revealed is "being mapped out" already, but it likely won't be released until at least 2020, so there are no real details available for it yet.
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