'The Crown' May Have Found Its New Princess Margaret For Season 3!

Casey Dawson
January 6, 2018

It was announced earlier that Olivia Colman would be replacing Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth in the upcoming third and fourth seasons, which have not yet been ordered but are expected. The Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland star will take over the role from Vanessa Kirby, who played Margaret in the first two seasons.

Carter is reportedly nearing a deal to ascend to The Crown, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Helena Bonham Carter is gearing up to play Princess Margaret in The Crown.

Season 2 however, was her last appearance in the show, as show producers intend to change the cast of The Crown every two seasons to reflect their ages. She has some experience playing a member of the royal family.

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She starred opposite Colin Firth in The King's Speech in 2011 - in which, she coincidentally played Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret's mother. Queen Elizabeth was played by Claire Foy.

Kirby told BAZAAR.com she relished playing Margaret's "dark nights of the soul" in Season 2, and we're sure to see more of that from Margaret in coming episodes. Bonham Carter is truly a brilliant actress, but after too many turns as wacky Tim Burton characters, we're anxious she could ham this up a bit.

Due to The Crown's intention to portray Queen Elizabeth's life over the span of multiple decades, the decision was made by series creator Peter Morgan to recast the roles in later seasons, rather than applying makeup to the show's current actors, according to Variety. As Chris writes in his review, it's "an old fashioned, admirably episodic costume drama with superb performances, intricate direction, and enough simmering, bottled-up righteous fury to keep you hooked from beginning to end (give or take an episode or two)".

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