Olivia Colman Cast As Queen Elizabeth For The Crown Seasons 3 And 4

Season 2 of The Crown isn’t set to debut on Netflix until December 8, and there has been no official word on a renewal for seasons after this one, but the streaming network has announced that they’ve cast Olivia Colman to replace Claire Foy starting in season 3. 

It’s always been known that Claire Foy would only be playing the Queen for the first two seasons of The Crown, after all the series is set to follow Elizabeth’s reign from the beginning up to current day, and Netflix wanted to recast the role instead of using makeup to age Foy. Foy won a Golden Globe for the role earlier this year, and was nominated for an Emmy. 

Olivia Colman is best known for her roles in the films The Lobster and Hot Fuzz, and the TV shows Broadchurch, Fleabag and The Night Manager. She will next be seen on the big screen Murder on the Orient Express with Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Penelope Cruz. 

Rumour has it that The Crown is planned to air over 6 seasons, with each season covering a decade of her life. Season 2 airs on December 8th, with Matt Smith (Prince Philip), Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret), Victoria Hamilton (Queen Mother) and Jeremy Northam (Antony Eden) all reprising their roles, with Matthew Goode (as Lord Snowdon) and Michael C. Hall (as John F. Kennedy) joining the cast.