The Crown reveals star Claire Foy's replacement for season 3 and 4

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Helen Mirren might be Hollywood's foremost Queen Elizabeth impersonator, but she may have met her match in actress Olivia Colman.

Olivia Colman is to play the Queen in the next series of the Netflix television drama The Crown.

The Golden Globe-winning actress will replace Claire Foy, who played the role of the Queen for the first two seasons.

Ms Colman will start filming series three next year, but the shows won't air on Netflix until 2019. Seasons 3 and 4 have not been officially ordered, but early production is said to be underway.

The reason? Well, the series will apparently last 60 episodes over the course of six seasons, so expecting the same actress to play a role for what might be six or seven years is asking a lot.




As a result, The Crown's cast turnover is expected to be swift, with new actors introduced every two seasons to fill primary roles.

Entertainment Weekly reported Thursday that the "Broadchurch" and "The Night Manager" alum, 43, will replace Foy, 33, in accordance with the producers' plans to recast the main roles after the second season. And given the fact that, as BBC points out, Colman has already played royalty-in both Hyde Park on Hudson and next year's The Favourite-it's hard to think of a more fitting casting choice. "You can't ask someone to act middle-aged".

The first series of "The Crown" co-starred former "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith as Prince Philip and John Lithgow as Prime Minister Winston Churchill, with the second series set to begin streaming on Netflix in December. Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it.

Peter Morgan, writer of The Crown, has always said he meant to replace key cast members in later seasons to portray characters as they age. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds. The new season is expected to roughly cover from 1957 to 1964.

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