Netflix has confirmed more lead roles for the upcoming series The Crown. Matt Smith has been cast as Prince Philip. He will join Claire Foy as a 25 year-old Queen Elizabeth II and John Lithgow will play Winston Churchill.  The Crown is the first UK production for Netflix, and is based on Peter Morgan’s play The Audience.

Peter, who also penned The Queen, has described The Crown as “not only about the royal family but about an empire in decline, a world in disarray and the dawn of a new era.” Netflix said the drama would “tell the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century”.

The first ten-episode season is slated for 2016, with each potential season covering a decade of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

The Audience

The Audience

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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  1. Underdogge

    Although I’m perhaps not the greatest royalist ever I have mixed feelings about dramatic depictions of people who are still alive. Having said that Helen Mirren gave a good performance in “The Queen”; (I think she’s the only actress who’s played both British Queen Elizabeths). The three actors cited above have given good performances in their time. Perhaps it’s just as well I don’t have Netflix and won’t have to make the decision whether to watch this show or not.

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