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Although she was originally eyed to play Queen Elizabeth II herself, Netflix announced Olivia Colman would take the titular role, leaving Helena Bonham Carter with the role of the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret.
Colman and Carter will be playing the royal sisters for Seasons 3 and 4 of Netflix's The Crown. Series creator Peter Morgan previously said that replacing the cast members would "better portray the main characters as they age."
The Crown is meant to chronicle the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II from her marriage to Prince Philip (most recently played by Matt Smith) to the present day.
According to The Daily Dot and Evening Standard, Carter "all but confirmed" her role as the Princess this past Friday.
No news yet on who will replace Matt Smith as the Queen's husband, but with Carter "close to" signing on as Princess Margaret, it cannot be long now. According to Variety, both Netflix and Carter's reps declined to comment on the role and the upcoming seasons.
The season's that will feature Colman and Carter have yet to be ordered, but have begun early production.
Princess Margaret is "considered to be one of the more controversial Royals." According to The Daily Dot, Carter also has a personal connection to the Princess: her Oxfordshire home was previously owned by Jane Stevens, who served as lady-in-waiting to the Princess "for more than 20 years and [is] the godmother to her daughter Lady Sarah Chatto."
Given the timing of previous seasons, it is unlikely that Season 3 of The Crown will be released before the end of the year, and a trailer for it will not likely surface until a month or so before that.
Show producer Suzanne Mackie sat down for a Q&A at the BFI & Radio TImes Festival in London. She revealed that "Peter [Morgan] is already talking about the most wonderful things" for the coming seasons, and fans can expect the show's events to be "mapped out ... the closer the history comes."
"I now can say, 'God, I know exactly what I was feeling when that happened, I remember that and I remember this.' That's so exciting!" she added.
According to Digital Spy, previous seasons took about five months to film.