‘The Crown’s New Prince Philip Is Perfect For This 1 Reason
It’s happening; it’s all starting to come together. Netflix is finally putting all of its ducks in a row of the third season of the stunning historical series, The Crown, which follows Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Season 3 is particularly significant because we’re getting an entirely new cast.
Though we’ve known for some time that Broadchurch star Olivia Colman will be replacing actress Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth, we finally know that actor Tobias Menzies will be taking over as Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh for Matt Smith. Menzies is perfect for the role for one crucial reason.
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As the character age, The Crown creator Peter Morgan thought it was important not to force his actors to continue aging up. He told Screen Daily, “I’ve got strong feelings about how far you can go as an actor, I think you can age ten years younger than they are and ten years older and no more.”
As a result, a new slate of actors is getting the opportunity to step inside to regal walls of Buckingham Palace.
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Back to back
When The Crown initially premiered on Netflix, it had an astounding budget of £100 million, which was the most expensive Netflix series ever at the time. This go-round Netflix is trying to get the biggest bang for their buck.
At a BAFTA Masterclass in February 2018, Morgan revealed to Variety that production for Season 3 would begin in summer 2018 and they’ll be shooting the third and fourth seasons back to back. Sadly, this means that the third season probably won’t premiere in time for the holidays, and we’ll have to wait until 2019 to see the new cast in their roles.
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The golden years
The first two seasons of The Crown spanned from 1947 to 1963, just after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Things are about to get even more tumultuous in Season 3. According to Variety, The Crown will examine the royal family from 1964 to 1976. We could potentially see the queen’s royal tour of Canada in 1964 and how she deals with the decolonization of Africa and the Caribbean in the late ’60s and ’70s.
We’ll also see much more of Prince Charles this season and his then-girlfriend and now wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, is slated to be introduced. The duo dated on and off in the early ’70s before Bowles married her ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973. Their relationship started up again when they were both married to other people.
With the Civil Rights Era, the Women’s Movement and the War in Vietnam, among others during this time period, the audience and Colman’s Queen Elizabeth are in for some rocky times ahead.
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A master of history
If you’re apprehensive about Menzies’ ability to pull of the brusque and eccentric Prince Philip, then you haven’t been paying attention. Menzies is no stranger to historical dramas. In fact, you’ve probably seen him on two little dramas called Game of Thrones and Outlander.
On Outlander, Menzies played two different characters living in two different times periods. He portrayed the calm and compassionate Frank Randall residing in the 20th century and the diabolical Jack Black Randall, a notorious redcoat living in the 18th century.
However, Menzies was not Netflix’s first choice to step into the Duke of Edinburgh’s shoes. Marvel’s Paul Bettany was in early talks for the role but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.
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Other casting news
When The Crown first premiered in 2016, Morgan told Variety, “You can’t ask someone to act middle-aged. Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds. That informs everything we do.”
In addition to Menzies and Colman, who told the BBC that she was “so thrilled” to be joining the show, Vanessa Kirby will also be handing off her role as the queen’s younger sister, Princess Margaret, to a very familiar face.
Two-time Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter is “all but confirmed” to play one of the most controversial figures of the royal family. Carter and Kirby basically confirmed the news when they snapped a photo together and posted it on Kirby’s Instagram account with the caption, “Honoured @thecrownnetflix.”
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A new way to tell stories
For Morgan, Netflix has changed the way that he’s approached storytelling. According to Variety, “The streaming service estimates that the average viewer watches two-and-a-half episodes of The Crown.” As a result, Morgan has begun to approach things differently.
At the BAFTA Masterclass event, he said, “It makes you look at the way a season might flow in a different way. I’m finding I’m thinking differently to how I would have done in a pre-Netflix, pre-streaming age.”
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A major storyline
In addition to the queen’s activities in the mid-’60s and ’70s, much of the third season of The Crown will center on a pretty massive scandal; the deterioration of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowden’s marriage.
The couple separated in 1976 and divorced in 1978. It was the first royal divorce since Princess Victoria of Edinburgh’s in 1901.
It will be a drama for the ages.
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