God save the Queen, indeed. Netflix has released the full trailer for its upcoming original series The Crown, and you're going to want to watch it immediately.
The ten-episode series is based on Peter Morgan’s award-winning play The Audience, and is meant to tell the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. The first season of The Crown focuses on Elizabeth as a 25-year-old newlywed, faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne. In short: A new era is dawning.
Wolf Hall’s Claire Foy stars as the young queen, opposite Doctor Who’s Matt Smith as her husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. (Spoiler alert: He kind of looks fantastic as a blonde, just FYI.) The rest of the cast seems suitably all-star, and includes John Lithgow, Jared Harris, Dame Eileen Atkins, Victoria Hamilton, Vanessa Kirby and more.
The series looks lush and epic – and, quite frankly, riveting. I cannot wait to watch this.
Check out the new trailer for yourselves:
The stage version of this story moved back and forth through time, which required Helen Mirren – the actress who originated the role – to play the Queen at multiple points in her life, from her ascension in 1952 to the present day. Word is that each season of The Crown is mean to tackle a different decade of her rule, starting with the 1940s and continuing on until the present day (or, at least until Netflix stops making it).
Now, whether that means Foy and Smith continue on as the Queen and Prince Philip wearing various levels of aging makeup or that the roles would be recast as their characters age is unclear. It’s possible we should all be crossing our fingers for Mirren to put the crown on one last time. (Though I doubt that would actually happen since she’s already done two separate runs of the play this is based on. But it’s sure fun to think about.)
The Crown will hit Netflix in its entirety on November 4.
Are you planning to give it a go?