We don’t know a lot about the upcoming fourth season of The Crown—apart from the fact that Emma Corrin will appear as a picture-perfect Princess Diana—but we’ve just been blessed with a very important piece of information about the show’s cast.
Claire Foy, who pioneered the role of Queen Elizabeth II before Olivia Colman took it over for season three, will appear in a flashback sequence in season four, the Daily Mail reports. The scene that Foy was spotted filming shows her in an elegant white dress and pearl necklace, which makes it a visual match with a real-life moment in which the queen gave a radio broadcast from South Africa on her 21st birthday in 1947.
There’s no word yet on whether other cast members from previous seasons will be returning, but it’s fun to imagine Helena Bonham Carter—who plays an older incarnation of Princess Margaret—on set with Vanessa Kirby, who acted alongside Foy to play the royal in her mid-twenties. Bonham Carter herself has clearly become comfortable portraying a royal, enough to have recently relayed a hilarious story about having once drunkenly asked Prince William to be her child’s godfather.
Another Daily Mail report from earlier this week informed us that the part of Queen Elizabeth II won’t always be Colman’s; 63-year-old actress Imelda Staunton will take over to portray the queen from her mid-sixties onward in season five. Still, if Foy is being worked into season four via flashback, it looks like we might not have to give up hope of seeing Colman again after her time portraying the monarch is up.
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