While the rest of us were writhing in a deep pit of cynicism throughout most of 2016 considering the rapidly deteriorating state of the world, it was a fabulous time to be one particular British actress. With the release of Netflix's hugely expensive export The Crown last November, its leading lady #ClaireFoy ascended the TV throne and promptly won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her flawless portrayal of a young Queen Elizabeth II at the start of her monarchy. Here's a reminder:
However, with Season 2 of the critically-acclaimed show ceremoniously parading onto our #Netflix screens this Fall, fans of #TheCrown will also be coming to terms with the sad fact that the second instalment will see Foy and he co-star Matt Smith exiting the show. And it was always ordained to be so — as the show progresses decades into the lives of Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the cast will make way for actors fitting the appropriate age group. Speaking a few months ago, Foy revealed how she felt about exiting the series, saying:
"That’s not a shock – we always knew when we signed up to it. And also not to be funny but it’s also a real plus. As an actor, there’s nothing worse than the sound of 'seven years.' I’m sure to some people it sounds amazing but to us it’s like, seven years of playing the same person? And this is a tough job, you know?"
Ultimately, not many have the opportunity to leave a show at an all-time high and this regal abdication could not have come at a better time for the actress. And in exchange for her small-screen success, it looks like the 33-year-old is ready to attract some serious Hollywood star-power that's coming her way.
From Lilibet Windsor To Lisbeth Salander
For starters, Claire Foy is rumored to be gearing up to swap her diamonds for hardcore piercings in the next movie in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, a film which — if confirmed — will see her take on the role of rogue hacker Lisbeth Salander. Without a doubt, the Spider's Web part will be a dramatic departure from the upper-class trials and tribulations of Buckingham Palace, flinging Foy into the unchartered waters of a Fede Álvarez-directed psychological thrillerWith years of being confined to intrinsically British period drama roles such as Little Dorrit, Upstairs Downstairs and Wolf Hall, this will be a fresh start and a welcome challenge.
A Hollywood Reign On The Horizon
However, even if The Girl in the Spider's Web project falls through, Foy has come far enough now to not have to put all her eggs in one basket. Following a recent meeting with Academy Award golden boy Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land), news on the block is that the young Brit could also be launching into the upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic, starring Ryan Gosling as the legendary US astronaut who took mankind's first steps on the Moon.
Although it's unclear who she would play in the feature, #FirstMan could prove to be another turning point for the actress — with the film reportedly landing just in time for 2018's award season, it could well be the role that edges her closer to scooping up a gold-plated Oscar statuette to place on her mantelpiece alongside those glorious Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG gongs.
So with that being said, as our on-screen Lilibet steps down from her royal duties and prepares to abdicate from Netflix's crown jewel, a new Hollywood reign seems to be coming into view on the horizon and unsurprisingly, it has Claire Foy's name written all over it.
The Crown is expected to stream on Netflix in November 2017.
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