Move over, Olivia Coleman and Claire Foy—there’s a new Queen Elizabeth II in town. In the fifth and final season of Netflix’s The Crown, Imelda Staunton, who played Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter franchise, will take on the role. And in our opinion, the casting choice could not be more perfect.
Before taking on the role of Umbridge, Staunton won an Oscar for her 2004 role in Vera Drake. She also joined the cast of Downton Abbey as Maud, aka Lady Bagshaw, who was Queen Mary’s lady-in-waiting.
Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth II in the fifth and final season of The Crown. pic.twitter.com/hUOob58A9p— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) January 31, 2020
But, needless to say, Harry Potter fans are loving this Crown crossover.
Hi, I might need therapy before S5 so I can watch it without Umbridge on my head haha 😂 No, but really, I think she will be amazing! pic.twitter.com/GyUfaKM5rh— la kriss. (@kriiissia) January 31, 2020
As much as I (and the rest of the world) hate Dolores Umbridge, Imelda Staunton is AMAZING and i can’t wait to see her play Queen Lizzie!! pic.twitter.com/vBJ3N6QgVg— Irene (@Katerine_Swann) January 31, 2020
First Umbridge shows up on Downton Abbey, and now The Crown pic.twitter.com/hfRRHPYnzj— Jenn (@jadair4) January 31, 2020
It was a shock to some fans of The Crown hearing that Season 5 would be the show’s final run. Show creator Peter Morgan previously planned for six seasons but recently changed his mind.
you did not just say the final season pic.twitter.com/JCMtpYJwzO— 𝙠𝙖𝙞𝙩𝙡𝙮𝙣 (@clairesblunt) January 31, 2020
Morgan does plan, however, to continue the plot into the 21st century, but has to reveal just how far into the 21st century he will go. Will we see Meghan Markle? Perhaps…
So, it will be Megan Markle v. Queen Dolores Umbridge. Not going to lie...this will be fantastic. pic.twitter.com/QRAqkjIxfd— Finch (@finch960) January 31, 2020
We can’t wait to see Staunton take on Queen Elizabeth II. But, we can’t lie: If we see Staunton in a pink dress suit, we’re going to have some serious Umbridge flashbacks.