After months of waiting, we finally have a premiere date for the second series of The Crown, the Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II's reign. The show will return on December 8, 2017, for an installment that star Claire Foy, called "completely different, like a completely different show in a way."
"The direction the show has gone in is very different and the period of time is moving on, so it does feel very different," she said.
Watch the second trailer below, which hints at Prince Philip's alleged infidelity as well Princess Margaret's new love and shifting public opinion of the monarchy, then read on for everything we know so far about the binge-worthy period drama.
SEASON TWO WILL FOCUS ON PRINCE PHILIP AND PRINCE CHARLES.
The show will still center around Queen Elizabeth
He expanded on this news at the Royal Television Society's event "The Crown: Deconstructing the Coronation" in London last night. "Its soul is about Prince Philip's complexity," Morgan said of the second season. "I find him extraordinarily interesting–his childhood, again, you couldn't make it up. The soul of season two is about his complexity."
"It wasn't easy, he didn't have an easy life."
As for whether Prince Philip's alleged affair will be a plot point, Morgan's lips are sealed, at least for now, "This is a spoiler-free chat! We're still in the cutting-room and making all sorts of changes..."
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth in season 2.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Matt Smith, the actor who plays Philip, also revealed, "We learn a lot more about Prince Philip [in the second season]...A lot about his past. He had a very interesting past, Philip. Quite a mad past. And we go into that in a lot of detail."
"What is interesting on the Philip front this year is that we sort of
Foy told The Hollywood Reporter: "This is a story of a marriage very much in the second series, and how they navigate that. They've been together for ten years, they've had two children and it's about going and assessing the situation. It's not going to be a rose-tinted view of marriage."
"I think [Queen Elizabeth] starts to realize she needs to pay more attention to her personal life now that the other part of her life is going all right,” she said.
"The world’s changing faster than anyone can catch up with. There is no letup. She just keeps having to go from one crisis to another to another, and at some point, it’s about five crises at the same time and you have no idea how she manages to get up in the morning."
BUT PRINCESS MARGARET WILL STILL GET PLENTY OF SCREEN TIME.
peek of Princess Margaret in season 2.
Foy also shared, in an interview with W magazine, that the series will delve into Princess Margaret's marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones, as well as her "naughty" behavior. "She’s naughty. Very
Morgan, too, revealed bits of Margaret's storyline in a recent interview with Vanity Fair.
“Vanessa [Kirby, who plays Princess Margaret] explodes this season,” Morgan said. “We always knew she was a great actress, but she explodes. It’s a very identifiable tragedy, to have someone in the family with more apparent charisma and yet no use for it . . . I love writing her.”
He continued, "She finds love and pain. I promise you, it’s properly painful,” Morgan he continued, also sharing that he had met Margaret's husband, the Earl of Snowdon, nearly 30 years after the couple had gotten divorced.
MATTHEW GOODE WILL PLAY MARGARET'S HUSBAND, LORD SNOWDON.
Fans of Downton Abbey will recognize Princess Margaret's love interest as none other than Lady Mary's second husband. Matthew Goode, perhaps best known for playing Henry Talbot on the long-running Masterpiece series, would take on the role of Armstrong-Jones, a royal photographer who became Lord Snowdon after he married the Queen's sister. (If you want to read up on the tempestuous relationship between Princess Margaret and her husband before the second season drops, dive into the true story of their love affair, here.)
JACK AND JACKIE KENNEDY WILL VISIT.
British royalty will meet the American kind—Michael C. Hall will play JFK and Jodi Balfour has been cast as Jackie. Many actors have portrayed the iconic couple, but Deadline reports that the show's creators describe Balfour's Jackie as "a seemingly natural First Lady, but whose charming exterior of confidence and glamour hides a shy woman who loathes public life."
Hall's JFK, on the other hand, "is most at home in front of a crowd—a natural leader and excellent public speaker who does not take kindly to being upstaged by anyone, especially his wife."
Kennedy's entire presidency falls within the timeline of season two, meaning that his inauguration, the First Couple's dinner at Buckingham Palace in June of 1961, and his assassination could all play a role in the plot.
"I absolutely fell in love with Jodi Balfour [who plays Jackie Kennedy]," Foy revealed in an interview with EW following her Emmy nod. "She’s just brilliant, and Michael C. Hall [who plays Jack Kennedy] is just incredible."
The Kennedy's aren't the only iconic part of the '60s that will impact the season. The decade has a strong impact on the Royal family. "In this new world of the 1960s with sex and drugs and rock n' roll, and that's not what you really associate with 'the royal family,'" Foy said.
Smith explained that the monarch and Duke had to adapt to the changes in private. "There's an edge to the dynamic between them. We're entering the 60s and the world is changing around them in quite significant ways. Like always with the royal family, they're having to adapt but they're having to do it away from the public."
DON'T EXPECT TO SEE MORE OF WINSTON CHURCHILL.
John Lithgow's steady (Emmy-award winning) performance as the Prime Minister was essential to the show's first season, but he likely won't be back. Following Churchill's retirement at the end of season one, season two's timeline will bring viewers into an era where the position was something of a revolving door. Over the course of just ten years, three men (Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, and Alec Douglas) will cycle through. In a recent interview, Claire Foy seemed to confirm the news that Lithgow won't be back. When asked "Winston Churchill is gone?" in an interview with Nylon. The actress responded, "Winston’s gone and it breaks my heart."
THIS IS FOY AND SMITH'S LAST SEASON AS ELIZABETH AND PHILIP.
"After two seasons, that's it, I'm gone," Claire Foy told Vulture following her Golden Globes nomination last
Peter Morgan, the creator of the show, further clarified, "I feel that when we reach 1963-64 we've gone as far as we can go with Claire Foy without having to do silly things in terms of makeup to make her look older. She can't help the fact she's as young as she is."
IS IN THE WORKS.
The third and fourth chapters of Elizabeth II's reign were just confirmed, though with a very different Queen. Netflix recently announced that 43-year-old Broadchurch star Olivia Coleman will play the monarch.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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