The Crown has proved to be one of Netflix’s biggest hits. The two-year wait between seasons two and three did nothing to dull the fanfare around the show.
It’s with good reason, of course. Not only are the performances incredible, but the royal family has always been an enigmatic source of fascination. The show’s third season is proving to be just as successful. As fans eagerly await the show’s fourth season, which will introduce Prince Charles and Princess Diana‘s story, there’s some news that’s made that wait even more eager.
As the story line moves forward, there will also be flashbacks. With those flashbacks will be the return of Claire Foy.
The actress portrayed Queen Elizabeth in a dazzling performance throughout the first two seasons. The production decided to cast older actors to show the aging of all the characters, thus Olivia Colman‘s portrayal in seasons three and four.
The Crown is one of Netflix’s most popular original series. It’s with good reason. It explores the royal family — and most illuminatingly Queen Elizabeth II, in a raw and human angle at which the story has never been told before.
There were two years between the second and third season’s releases. That did nothing to dull the interest in the series, however. The cast of season three, which was changed to reflect the aging royals, has gotten just as much love as those who portrayed the royal family in the first two seasons.
All eyes are on season four of the series. That’s for a number of reasons. For one, it was recently leaked that Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth in seasons one and two, will return. Judging by the image, it seems she’ll return for a flashback of the Queen’s younger days.
Claire was seen on the set of season four. Judging by her outfit and the scenery, she seems to be in a flashback to Princess Elizabeth’s 21st birthday. The princess gave a speech in Cape Town that was later broadcast. Her famous quote, “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong,” has been remembered fondly throughout her reign.
The fourth season will take on the 1980s. It will introduce two new characters who will be prominent throughout the season. Those characters are Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher.
Emma Corrin has been cast as Princess Diana. “Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer. As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation,” said director Peter Morgan in a statement about the casting.
Gillian Anderson has been cast as Margaret Thatcher. “I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of The Crown and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman,” Gillian said as news of the casting went public.
Production began on season four prior to the release of season three. If it follows the pattern that’s been upheld so far, we should see new episodes come out in the winter of 2020. Fans are eager to see how the show approaches the controversial subject of Charles and Diana.
In an interview about season three, Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles, had some interesting tidbits to say. “I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ll say that hopefully, people will feel sorry for Charles in season three, and then, maybe, we’ll change that in season four,” he told Town & Country.
He also spoke highly of Emma’s performance as Diana. “I mean, there’s obviously nothing I can say about the story, but in terms of filming, we just had a great time, and Emma’s doing a brilliant job, and it’s breathtakingly accurate; she looked the spitting image [of Diana], and it’s kind of extraordinary,” he said to Harper’s Bazaar. “So that’s kind of spooky.”
There are more changes ahead that we know little about. As each season covers a decade of the Queen’s reign, the show plans to wrap things up in six seasons. That leaves a whole other recasting to be done for the final two.
“The idea is to do this over six decades, in six seasons presumably, and make the whole show over eight to 10 years,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s head of content, told The Hollywood Reporter. That would mean that we’ll be enjoying new episodes of The Crown through 2026. It would also mean covering just about everything.
Season four is also said to have less of a historical feel than the previous series. “It’s interesting because, series 3, for me, was like doing a historical piece,” Olivia Colman told Entertainment Weekly. “Now, it feels less like that and more, I remember that! I remember that voice! I remember that moment!”
It sounds like season four of The Crown stands to be the best one yet. Judging by how good the first three seasons have been, that’s a high bar to set. If anyone can pull it off, it’s this cast of incredible actors.