Olivia Colman has joked that stepping into Claire Foy’s shoes for The Crown Season 3 was “horrendous”, opening up about the looming return of Netflix’s royal drama.
The lavish series, which charts the life and reign of Her Maj, has been a huge smash hit for the streaming giant, picking up awards and nominations galore, not least for Foy’s turn as the monarch. Now, though, she is handing the crown over to national treasure Olivia Colman, as Season 3 sees the programme move through history too quickly for its cast to portray the royal family believably – and so, led by Colman, the show is undergoing a wave of recasting, from Jason Watkins as Harold Wilson to Outlander’s Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, not to mention Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Ben Daniels as Tony Armstrong-Jones, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne and Marion Bailey as The Queen Mother.
Netflix has now confirmed that The Crown Season 3 will premiere on Sunday 17th November. While we wait for a trailer to give us a proper glimpse of the cast in action, the cast have spoken to EW about what to expect.
“It’s the same as any classical play you do — everyone will have already played that part before,” she said of replacing Foy. “The first week, I did feel myself trying to do Claire impressions. ‘What would she have done?’”
Following Foy’s work was “horrendous”, she kidded. “Everyone loves Claire Foy, so I have got the worst job in the world at the moment.”
She also admitted that it was challenging at first to mimic the Queen’s voice.
“Once you start going through it, you realise that every syllable in every word…you’ve got it wrong,” she commented.
Colman also spoke about the shifting relationship between Elizabeth and her husband: “Between them they’re more settled, aren’t they? Slightly more mature, they’ve got all of their children now. It’s more external factors that are bothersome.”
Those will include the scandal brewing between HBC’s Margaret and Lord Snowden, played by Ben Daniels.
“They’re such extraordinary people,” commented Daniels, “Completely addicted to each other. Even right up until the minute they were getting divorced, they still had a really strong physical relationship. People often said that it was like foreplay for them, having a big row. They would have these huge rows and then amazing sex.”
How will audiences cope with adapting to a whole new ensemble cast? Morgan said he was confident it would work.
“It’s a bit like changing contact lenses,” he said. “I think it takes you about five minutes to get used to it.”