No, Imelda Staunton Isn't Confirmed to Replace Olivia Colman on "The Crown"

No, Imelda Staunton Isn't Confirmed to Replace Olivia Colman on "The Crown"
No, Imelda Staunton Isn't Confirmed to Replace Olivia Colman on "The Crown"
Celia Fernandez

From Oprah Magazine

  • Season 3 of The Crown finally premiered on November 17 with a completely new cast, including Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Tobias Menzies, Ben Daniels, and John O'Connor, to name a few.

  • The 10 episodes are currently available for streaming. And yes, season 4 of the hit Netflix show is well underway.

  • In April, Netflix announced that producers cast Princess Diana, so viewers will get to see her relationship with Prince Charles unfold in season 4. Warning: spoilers ahead.

  • After rumors swirled that Imelda Staunton will step in as the next Queen Elizabeth II, Netflix chimed in to debunk the headlines.

Obsessed with the royals? Here's some good news for you: The Crown will certainly return for season 4. In April, Netflix announced that the show officially found its Princess Diana. Pennyworth actress Emma Corrin already started filming alongside Josh O'Connor, who was introduced as the older Prince Charles in season 3.

Based on season 3's finale, viewers can expect to see Princess Diana and Prince Charles's wedding recreated in season 4. We will also get to see Queen Elizabeth II's relationship with yet another prime minister. And in September, Netflix additionally announced X-Files star Gillian Anderson will be playing British prime minister Margaret Thatcher since season 4 will focus on her years in office.

"I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of The Crown and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman," Anderson said in a statement. "Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era."

We also know that cast members from season 3 will return, like Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II), Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip), Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret), and Ben Daniels (Anthony Armstrong-Jones).

Here's everything else we know about season 4 so far.

There's no release date for season 4 of The Crown yet.

Photo credit: Sophie Mutevelian
Photo credit: Sophie Mutevelian

Considering that season 1 premiered in November 2016, season 2 in December 2017, and season 3 in November 2019, chances are that season 4 will premiere around the same time in 2020.

Season 4 is already in production.

Photo credit: Sophie Mutevelian
Photo credit: Sophie Mutevelian

Olivia Colman revealed at the 2019 Oscars that season 4 would start filming in August, according to Yahoo. And according to Harper's Bazaar, there's a notice on the site Backstage, a career resource for actors, that season 4 is filming from August 2019 to February 2020.

The season 3 cast will return—with some fresh faces.

Photo credit: Sophie Mutevelian
Photo credit: Sophie Mutevelian

The Crown recasts the show every two seasons, which means your season 3 favorites will return. Yes, prepare to say hello again to Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II), Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip), Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret), and Ben Daniels (Anthony Armstrong-Jones).

Pennyworth actress Emma Corrin confirmed that she was cast as Princess Diana.

Photo credit: David Levenson - Getty Images
Photo credit: David Levenson - Getty Images

"I have been glued to the show and to think I'm now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal," she said in a statement. Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan's writing is the most exception opportunity and I will strive to do her justice!"

Gillian Anderson will be playing Margaret Thatcher. She confirmed the news via The Crown's official Twitter account.

On November 22, the Daily Mail reported that Imelda Staunton, star of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, had been cast as Queen Elizabeth II for season 5 of The Crown. Netflix quickly issued a statement that no such decision had been made. “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," they said.

Prince Charles is going to take center stage.

Photo credit: Des Willie / Netflix
Photo credit: Des Willie / Netflix

When Netflix confirmed Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, his statement hinted at his character's arc and just what we can expect moving forward. "Seasons 3 and 4 will follow some of the most turbulent events in the Prince of Wales's life and our national story and I'm excited to be bringing to life the man in the midst of it all," he said.

Considering that Margaret Thatcher will enter the picture in season 4—and that each season roughly shows about a decade's worth of the royal family's life—we predict that season 4 will take place between 1979 and 1989. Thatcher was the U.K's prime minister from 1979 to 1990.

Don't worry, The Crown will continue after season 4.

Photo credit: Des Willie
Photo credit: Des Willie

Following The Crown's 2016 debut, Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, revealed that Peter Morgan, the writer and creator of the show, had pitched the series for a total of 60 hours.

"The idea is to do this over six decades, in six seasons presumably, and make the whole show over eight to 10 years," he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If that ends up being the case, that means viewers can expect one more recasting before the series finale.

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