Netflix's 'The Crown' May Have Found Their Next Queen Already
After season three of the critically acclaimed season hit the streaming service, new rumours have already swirled around who will replace Olivia Coleman as the queen in seasons five and six.
A new report from the Daily Mail claims that when Olivia Coleman's reign comes to an end, Imelda Staunton will be next in line to take the throne.
The series is a dramatisation following the life of Queen Elizabeth II which, every two seasons, re-casts key figures to accurately depict the passing of time.
Season one and two saw Claire Foy take the leading role alongside Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.
The new cast has seen Tobias Menzies and Helena Bonham Carter taking those roles, with fans already fawning over Bonham Carter and Coleman's depictions of the Princess and Queen respectively.
While season three only launched recently, it covers the time between 1964 and 1977, beginning with the election of Harold Wilson as Prime Minister. Season three will also see Gillian Anderson introduced as Margaret Thatcher, with season four taking place during her time as Prime Minister -- as well as introducing Emma Corrin as Diana Spencer.
According to the Daily Mail, Staunton was approached by senior producers to take on the role for the fifth season which would see the Queen in her mid-60s.
The four-time Olivier Award winner also won a BAFTA and has been nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award and another BAFTA during her time on stage and screen. And that's just a handful of her accolades.
Perhaps best known for her role as Dolores Umbridge in two of the 'Harry Potter' films, Staunton also starred in the 2004 film 'Vera Drake'.
And while the internet is already rapt with the idea of Staunton stepping into the palace for future seasons, Netflix reps called it "pure speculation".
"We are currently filming season 4 of ‘The Crown’ but have not commissioned any further seasons as yet, therefore any news on casting remains pure speculation," a spokesperson said in a statement per 'Variety'.
Production on season four of the series -- which will be Olivia Coleman's second and last -- is currently underway, though no date has been set for its premiere.
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