Could this series about the British Monarchy be Netflix's new 'Downton Abbey'?
Netflix is banking on a big 2016.
The streaming service announced yesterday that it's finally available in 130 new countries. It also has a slew of new original series in the works (Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, Fuller House, Marvel's Luke Cage). One of these glossy series that you'll inevitably spend countless hours binge watching is The Crown, an opulent drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, from her wedding day in 1947 to the present.
The upcoming period drama stands out for two reasons: The 10-episode series is Netflix's most expensive show ever (a reported $156 million), and the first to be filmed in the U.K. In the first trailer for Peter Morgan's Downton Abbey-esque drama, we get a glimpse of Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith (Doctor Who's 11th Doctor) as Prince Philip, and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill because, why not?
With all that cash being dropped, let's hope The Crown does better than Netflix's former most expensive show, Marco Polo. We hear that didn't go over so well.