Quite a few films and TV series have been dedicated to recreating the life of Queen Elizabeth II, but very few have been as successful as The Crown. Netflix's historical drama became a fan-favorite when it premiered in 2016, and one of its most acclaimed aspects was Claire Foy's portrayal of a young Queen Elizabeth II. Unfortunately, her tenure in the role was never meant to last.
As #Netflix head Ted Sarandos explained, The Crown will span six decades of the Queen's life: "This is going to take Queen Elizabeth from age 29 to, presumably, the current day. We'll see it lay out over decades. The idea is to do this over six decades, in six seasons presumably, and make the whole show over eight to 10 years." Because of that, new actresses will be needed to accurately represent the sovereign's age as time goes on.
Now, with Season 2 right around the corner, the time has come for Foy to pass the royal torch.
Meet Olivia Colman, The New Queen Elizabeth II
According to The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly, #OliviaColman (The Lobster, Hot Fuzz) has been cast as Queen Elizabeth II for Seasons 3 and 4 of The Crown. Keep in mind neither of those seasons have been officially greenlit, but #Netflix is planning ahead. That's a great casting choice, as you can clearly see some similar features to Claire Foy, but the big question here is, will she do a good job with the role?
Playing royalty on film or TV isn't easy, and as a big fan of royal biopics, I've noticed a mistake that's bothered me for some time: a majority of actors play their characters as larger-than-life figures as opposed to normal people who happen to bear a big responsibility. That wasn't the case with #ClaireFoy, though. Her version of the Queen felt human and down-to-Earth, and her struggles of balancing her family life with her gargantuan duties felt surprisingly relatable.
That's a tough act to follow, but I'm confident that Colman will be up to the task. There's a subtleness and an elegance to her performances that make me think she'll have no problem in approaching the Queen with the same human sensibilities we saw in Season 1 and will presumably continue in Season 2.
No Hard Feelings From The Previous Queen
For Foy, leaving a role that's garnered her so much critical acclaim is understandably hard, so people may think the actress is feeling down over her replacement. Fortunately, that's not the case. Foy was fully aware of the shift that would eventually happen when she took on the part, so she's happy with what she got to do on the show, as she told The Hollywood Reporter:
"I'm quite philosophical about these things, and I think the amazing thing about the show is the fact that it will go on and that it hasn't ended badly. It'll go on and have another life. I can't wait to watch it, and I just think whoever they get to play that part, they'll be extraordinary. I will never watch it with any sense of bitterness or regret. I will feel what I will feel now, which is so happy and lucky for the experience."
As painful as it is to see her go, it's great to know she's okay with parting ways with the series and excited to see what's coming next. Hopefully, The Crown will keep marveling audiences and continue to thrive through Season 2 and beyond.
The Crown will return for Season 2 on December 8, 2017. While we wait for the series to arrive, check out the first trailer:
What do you think about Olivia Colman playing Queen Elizabeth II for The Crown? Are you happy with multiple performers taking on the role? Let me know in the comments!