Netflix has announced the cast for their upcoming original series The Crown which looks at “the inside story” of the Queen and the Prime Ministers.
Consider it Netflix’s Downton Abbey, but about Great Britain’s politics. According to a press release from the streaming website, “The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.”
Claire Foy will play Queen Elizabeth II, while Matt Smith will play the Queen’s husband and the Duke of Edinburgh, Philip Mountbatten. Meanwhile, John Lithgow has been cast as Sir Winston Churchill.
The Crown’s 10-episode first season will premiere on Netflix in 2016. The series is penned by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and some episodes will be directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours.)
This is Smith’s first television series since leaving Doctor Who last year. He can next be seen in Terminator Genisys on July 1. Those who’ve missed seeing him on television will surely be excited to see him in a new series!
Netflix has steadily developed more and more original series to make them a go-to destination for new content. Several of their shows are massive hits. Orange is the New Black, one of their first majorly successful shows, just premiered its third season a week ago.