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Claire Foy is set to play Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown (Picture: Netflix)As Netflix gears up to release its biographical drama series around Queen Elizabeth II, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about The Crown.
While Netflix has enjoyed major breakout TV successes with the 80s drenched Stranger Things and cut throat politics in House Of Cards, period dramas is one area the streaming giant is yet to dabble with in its original output.
Step in, The Crown: a brand new series sporting a mammoth 100 million budget and the acting talents of Wolf Hall’s Claire Foy and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith.
Yet to hear about this Royal rumble? Here’s everything you need to know about Netflix’s forthcoming frock epic.
So wait what’s this all about then?
The main cast of The Crown (Picture: Netflix)Claire Foy is set to play the coveted role of Queen Elizabeth II, previously known for playing the title role in BBC’s Little Dorrit series and Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall.
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith will star opposite as a young Prince Philip, while the likes of Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, John Lithgow as Winston Churchill and Greg Wise as British naval officer Lord Louis Mountbatten, filling out the main cast.
So where has this 100 million budget been spent then?
The costumes are suitably extravagant, Royal wedding scenes were filmed in Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire as a replacement for Westminster Abbey, and the cast itself is full of big hitters. Foy’s exact replica dress for the Queen’s wedding day even reportedly cost 30,000 to sling together.
But if you fail to be impressed by production values and thorough research,
the show even appears to be stepping into Poldark territory by showing a topless Matt Smith during a bout of rowing which, to some, will be worth all the money in the world.
Is it just about the Royal family?
Jared Harris plays King George VI in the series (Picture: Netflix)The opening scene of The Crown controversially focuses on King George VI’s battle with lung cancer, showing him coughing up blood into a lavatory bowl.
While clearly making a statement on the show not being your average costume drama, it also sets up the arc for the opening episodes which leads up to (historical spoiler alert) the tragic death of George VI in 1952.
From there we’re thrown into the predicament faced by Elizabeth, whereby she reluctantly faces taking up the mantle left behind by her father.
Does it have the real Royal stamp of approval?
Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by Prince Philip waves to the crowd, 02 June, 1953, after being crowned solemnly at Westminster Abbey in London (Picture: STF/AFP/Getty Images)Speaking at a press conference for the Television Critics Association, showrunner Peter Morgan talked about how the Royal family are ‘very, very aware’ of the Netflix series and how they’ve reached out to the Queen on a number of occasions.
‘I think Netflix are working on getting her to give an endorsement,’ Peter said. ‘Through untraceable back channels,
countless approaches have been made.’