Long Live the Queen! Well, the new Queen anyway. Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) will be taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy in Netflix’s The Crown.
But before we start crying, there’s a pretty good reason. Foy will stay on through the end of season two, filling out her contract with Netflix and her royal duties. Colman will take over for season three in 2019.
"This is the last stint," Foy told Graham Norton on this week's edition of his BBC One chat show. "It's over, I'm done.
"I always knew it was only going to be two series and then the part would be reincarnated and someone else takes over. That's the nature of the part."
How very Doctor Who of you, Netflix. Speaking of, Matt Smith, known for his role as the Eleventh Doctor on the BBC sci-fi show, is set to continue as the Duke of Edinburgh with Foy in The Crown’s second season.
Colman will be playing Queen Elizabeth II from 1963, when the Queen turned 37. She is known for winning a Golden Globe for her role in The Night Manager, which also starred High Laurie and Tom Hiddleston.
Colman is no stranger to the royal spotlight. She starred as the Queen Mother in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) and will star as Queen Anne in The Favourite next year.
Other actresses will take over the show’s royal duties as the Queen ages. The Crown will continue into the present day.