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'The Crown' Unveils Its New Royal Cast In the Full Trailer for the Netflix Drama's Third Season

As well as Olivia Colman as the Queen, the third season stars Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.
By Sarah Ward
October 27, 2019
By Sarah Ward
October 27, 2019

After drip-feeding various teasers over the past few months, Netflix has finally released the full trailer for The Crown's third season. The regal drama's new batch of episodes won't just continue the tale of Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of Britain's royals, but will tell the next chapter of their story with an entirely new cast — including Oscar-winner Olivia Colman as the monarch, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

They'll be joined by Josh O'Connor (God's Own Country) as Prince Charles — and, given that this season steps through the late 60s and 70s, he starts to get a hefty amount of attention in the new sneak peek. The show has already been renewed for a fourth season that's due to be set in the 80s; in fact, it's currently in production. So, as history dictates, Charles is about to be thrust into the spotlight in a big way.

Also coming on board for season three are Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother and Game of Thrones' Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten. Although Gillian Anderson's casting as Margaret Thatcher has been grabbing headlines, she won't show up until season four.

Welcoming Colman and company means farewelling the show's stars across its first two seasons, including Claire Foy as Elizabeth, Matt Smith as Philip and Vanessa Kirby as Margaret. Since 2016, The Crown has peered inside both Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, unpacking the goings-on behind Britain's houses of power. So far, it has chronicled Elizabeth's wedding to Philip, her coronation and the birth of her children (Charles and Anne, as well as Prince Andrew and Prince Edward). In addition to delving into the monarch's marital ups and downs, the series has also explored the romantic life of her sister, Margaret, plus the major political events throughout the late 40s, entire 50s and early 60s.

In season three, everyone's favourite source of royal intrigue will see Lizzie and her family grappling with the fact that Britain is changing — and, as the monarch reflects in the trailer, not necessarily in the way she'd like. Charting the years between 1964–1977, it'll also cover Harold Wilson's (played by The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and The Children Act's Jason Watkins) two stints as prime minister. And plenty of drama at the upper echelons of power, of course.

Check out the third season's full trailer below:

The Crown's third season will hit Netflix on November 17.

Images: Sophie Mutevelian / Netflix.

Published on October 27, 2019 by Sarah Ward
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