Heavy is the head that wears the crown and no one understands that more than Queen Elizabeth II. The coronation of the 25 year old monarch took place in the early 1950s after the death of her father and the abdication of her uncle. Then faced with ruling a nation still recovering from war, Elizabeth’s life would never be the same again.
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“THE CROWN is not only about the royal family but about an empire in decline, a world in disarray and the dawn of a new era,” writer Peter Morgan (FROST/NIXON, THE QUEEN) said in a statement. “I am beyond thrilled to be reunited with partners from film, theatre and television for this epic project and delighted to be working for the first time with Netflix.”
The series stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary, among others.
There’s no premiere date yet for THE CROWN, but it’s expected to bow on Netflix in 2016.