Olivia Colman has been cast to play Queen Elizabeth in seasons three and four of “The Crown,” Variety has confirmed. Claire Foy was nominated for an Emmy and won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Elizabeth during Season 1. We are all waiting for Season 2 that will stream on Netflix December 8th.
Olivia Colman has starred in the hit series “Broadchurch” and “The Night Manager,” for which she won a Golden Globe for best-supporting actress.
But why replace Claire Foy? Series creator Peter Morgan has always said that he intended to replace key cast members in later seasons to better portray the age. “What’s so beautiful about Claire is her youth. You can’t ask someone to act middle-aged. Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds. That informs everything we do.” he told Variety.
Last year, while talking to Vulture , Foy mentioned:
“After two seasons, that’s it. I’m gone. They’re getting rid of all of us. I don’t how they’re planning on [recasting the show], but they’re such an incredible bunch of directors and producers that it’s gonna be different and exciting. It’ll be original. I can’t wait to see where it goes. I’m so honored to have been involved at this stage. I couldn’t be happier really. There’ll be no 3 a.m. makeup call for me!”
We will still miss you, Claire Foy!
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