The first two seasons of The Crown have come to a close, and the critically acclaimed Netflix series is getting a major generational revamp! On Monday (Aug. 28), a photo of the aging Prince Philip was shared on the show’s official Twitter account with the simple caption “Ambition,” something that Outlander star Tobias Menzies surely has in spades to take over the throne from the former prince, Matt Smith.
Over the past few weeks, the TV show has given their fans a glimpse at the new set of stars who will be taking over for season three of the hit show, which follows the rise of Queen Elizabeth II and various scandals and milestone events in the lives of members of the Royal Family. The first two seasons have been a wild ride, with industry heavyweights like Claire Foy (the Queen), Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret), Victoria Hamilton (the Queen Mother) and John Lithgow (Winston Churchill) heading the incredible roster of talent. Now, all of this changes as the series heads into the mid 1960s to late 1970s.
Joining Tobias is Olivia Colman as Her Majesty, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret , John O’Connor as Prince Charles and Erin Doherty as Princess Anne. One lucky actress is set to fill the shoes of the Duchess of Cornwall , though no information has been released yet. According to People, Princess Diana will also be making an appearance this season during her first few years with Charles, which will make the second instalment all the more memorable! Writer Peter Morgan, however, spoke to Vanity Fair, saying: “The Diana stuff … I haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with her if I ever get that far. I’ve mapped out what might be a third season. If she were to be introduced, it’d probably have to wait until the fourth.”
The original stars of the show have been doing quite a job passing off their torches to their older counterparts. On taking over for Claire as the Queen, Olivia remarked to Radio Times: “It’s a very hard act to follow up. They – the people, the grownups – put us in touch so I could ask her about it and she was just lovely – she’s one of the sweetest people ever and she’s brilliant.”