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Netflix has released the first looks at two of the most anticipated historical figures portrayed in season four of The Crown: Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher.
The streamer released a handful of photos from the upcoming fourth season of the British royal drama on Tuesday morning, including looks at Emma Corrin as Diana and Gillian Anderson as Thatcher.
Corrin’s Diana is shown being photographed on a street while Anderson’s Thatcher, who became the U.K.’s first female Prime Minister in 1979, is shown waving outside of 10 Downing Street.
…The fourth season of the royal drama, which is set to take place during the 1980s after filming wrapped at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, is set to hit Netflix on Nov. 15.
The fifth season will be filmed next year and not air until 2022, a similar pause to the one taken between the second and third seasons of the series, with seasons five and six set to take the story into the 2000s.
The cast of the British royal family drama will change again between the show’s fourth and fifth seasons, with Imelda Staunton set to assume the role of Queen Elizabeth, Lesley Manville playing Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce taking over the role of Prince Philip. Additionally, Elizabeth Debicki will take over the role of Princess Diana in seasons five and six.
Creator Peter Morgan recently revealed that he’d returned to his original plan to have the series run for six seasons instead of an abbreviated five-season run, which he had said at the time was the “perfect time and place to stop.” But, Morgan clarified, “season six will not bring us any closer to present day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”
Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher in The Crown Season Four, now in production.
— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) September 7, 2019
It’s been confirmed!
Gillian Anderson is set to star as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of The Crown.
The X-Files star has been signed up to play the Iron Lady, although viewers will likely have to wait more than a year to see her on screens as the third season of the Left Bank drama has yet to air.
The third season of the Netflix drama, which will air this year, will see Olivia Colman replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies replacing Matt Smith as Prince Philip. Elsewhere, Ben Daniels will play Antony Armstrong-Jones, starring alongside Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret. It begins in 1963 and will cover events such as the rise of the Beatles and England winning the soccer World Cup in 1966. Characters such as Camilla Parker Bowles, Call the Midwife‘s Emerald Fennell, will also start to emerge in the next season.
The fourth season is likely to move into the 1970s, where Thatcher served as Britain’s first female Prime Minister between 1979 to 1990.
The cast list for the next stage of The Crown is shaping up nicely, but the role of Margaret Thatcher is yet to be filled. Reports suggest, however, that the part of the former Prime Minister could go to Gillian Anderson, who even bears a resemblance to the Eighties power player.
The Mail reports that Anderson is being considered to join Olivia Colman, Ben Miles and Helena Bonham Carter for the third and fourth series of The Crown, which move the Netflix drama into the Seventies and Eighties.
Anderson is being considered in part, the paper says, because of her relationship with the show’s writer, Peter Morgan. Morgan, who also wrote The Queen, last worked with Anderson on The Last King of Scotland, which he wrote and she starred in. Neither Anderson nor Morgan responded to the rumours circling her casting in The Crown, although he did emphasis that their circumstances were different while making the 2006 film.
A source close to The Crown said: “Gillian is an excellent actress, so it would be a real coup to get her.”
Anderson, who recently turned 50, is best-known for her role as Agent Dana Scully on hit Nineties sci-fi series The X Files. However, the British-American actress has won acclaim in recent years for her performance in The Fall and, on stage, as Blanche DuBois in The Young Vic’s 2014 production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
The Crown is currently filming its third series, which is expected to focus on the breakdown of Princess Margaret’s marriage to her then-husband Lord Snowdon and introduce a young Camilla Parker Bowles, whom Prince Charles met at a polo match in 1971.
Thatcher isn’t expected to appear in The Crown until the end of the fourth series, as the newly elected leader of the Conservative Party.
Anderson’s representatives have said they “don’t ever comment on speculative casting”.
Source: The Telegraph