Claire Foy‘s reign has come to an end; after two seasons of playing Queen Elizabeth on Netflix hit The Crown, Foy is set to be replaced by BBC drama royalty Olivia Colman.
The replacement comes in an effort to portray (rather quickly) the growth of Her Royal Highness over the years. Foy was always only attached to Peter Morgan‘s show for two seasons. Equally, Colman will enjoy two seasons on the show’s expected, but reportedly not yet official, third and fourth seasons.
Six seasons is the goal according to Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos. Presumably, the final two seasons will portray the Queen in her older years, to “presumably, the current day“. With each season expected to portray a certain decade, other cast members must also be changed out to cater for the passing years.
Foy won a Golden Globe earlier this year for the role, and thanks to brilliant writing and Colman’s talent, the same could happen again. Her abilities have already been proven to the public on the BBC’s Broadchurch, for which she won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress. In film, Colman has starred in Yorgos Lanthimos‘ bizarre masterpiece The Lobster.
Colman can next be seen in anticipated ensemble film Murder on the Orient Express, while The Crown returns with its season 2 debut on December 8.