AceShowbiz - "The Crown" has announced the actress who will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth, replacing Claire Foy. "The Lobster" star Olivia Colman has been tapped to play Her Royal Highness on the Netflix series for the expected third and fourth seasons.
The replacement is required as series creator Peter Morgan wants to portray the characters better as they age. Foy, who nabbed an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe for her role on the series, plays the British queen in the first and upcoming second seasons.
Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos stated last year that the plan was to have the period drama, which follows the life of the Queen, running for six seasons. "This is going to take Queen Elizabeth from age 29 to, presumably, the current day. We'll see it lay out over decades," Sarandos said. "The idea is to do this over six decades, in six seasons presumably, and make the whole show [run] over eight to 10 years."
Given the idea, the cast will be replaced in every two seasons to suit the characters' age. With each season following roughly a decade in the life of Queen Elizabeth, it is expected that the new season will tackle the life of the Queen from 1957 to 1964.
43-year-old Colman, whose credits include "Broadchurch" and "Fleabag", snagged a Golden Globe win earlier this year for her role on AMC's "The Night Manager". She is no stranger to playing a Royal family member as she portrayed Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, in 2012's "Hydew Park on Hudson". She will next be seen in a mystery/crime flick titled "Murder on the Orient Express", which was directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Meanwhile, Netflix has not yet announced new actor to replace Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh. First season of "The Crown" premiered to rave reviews, earning star John Lithgow an Emmy for his role as Winston Churchill.
The sophomore season of "The Crown" is set to premiere on December 8 on Netflix.