Fans of the Netflix series The Crown can officially mark their calendars, the series based on the life of Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family will make its third season debut on November 17. Audiences have been eagerly anticipating this third season as it is the first with a new cast of leading characters to bring the story of the monarchy into the future by a few years.
Replacing the incredible Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II is actress Olivia Colman. Colman has big shoes to fill in her role as the Queen after Foy won both an Emmy and Golden Globe for her performance, but Colman is no slouch herself, picking up last year's Best Actress Oscar for her stellar performance in the movie The Favourite. Netflix gave fans their first look at Colman as Queen Elizabeth II last month with a still shot of the character sipping tea while looking perfectly regal.
It was just this week however that Netflix gave fans what they really wanted, which was a release date for season three and their first real look at Colman as the Queen in all her regal glory. In a brief teaser clip, fans can see Colman in character wearing an evening gown, the Order of the Garter sash and a crown that appears to a replica of the Diamond Diadem.
Colman may be portraying the very formal Queen, but it's clear she hasn't lost her sense of humor. When asked what it was like to be taking over the role from Foy, who was loved by fans in the role, Colman told Entertainment Weekly that "It’s horrendous. Everyone loves Claire Foy, so I have got the worst job in the world at the moment. You’re saying all the worst things, thanks!"
God Save the Queen. 👑 We visited #TheCrown set to talk with the creator and stars Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter about what’s in store for season 3. Read our September cover story: https://t.co/ggEZbRbWKF Story by @ClarkCollis pic.twitter.com/EVRgQjVJFp— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) August 14, 2019
Joining Colman in season three is actor Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Charles Dance as Philip’s uncle Lord Mountbatten, Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret and Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon.
While Foy was a fan favorite for her portrayal of the young monarch, Colman says she's been doing all she can to bring a middle-aged Queen to life on the small screen adding to Vanity Fair that she's been watching old footage of the Royal. "You watch her move and how her movements change. . . . The way she holds her handbag. . . . I’m still not very good at physical copying. One of the directors kept shouting, ‘Queen, not farmer.’ So I’ll keep trying."
Season 3 of The Crown premieres on Netflix November 17.