There was always a plan to recast Queen Elizabeth II for the Netflix drama’s third and fourth seasons to reflect the aging monarch in later decades. British actress Olivia Colman has been tapped to take over the role from Foy. Colman is best known for the fabulous UK series Broadchurch. Her other credits include The Lobster, Hot Fuzz and The Night Manager for which she won a Golden Globe. She can next be seen in the upcoming remake of Murder on the Orient Express starring Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Matt Smith (Prince Philip), Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret), Victoria Hamilton (the Queen Mother) and Jeremy Northam (Antony Eden) are all returning to reprise their roles. They’ll be joined by new additions Matthew Goode (Lord Snowdon, a photographer married Princess Margaret), Michael C. Hall (John F. Kennedy) and Jodi Balfour (Jacqueline Kennedy).
The Crown returns for its second season on December 8. The new season, which will mark’s Foy’s last turn as Queen Elizabeth, is expected to roughly cover from 1957 to 1964.