Josh O'Connor and Marion Bailey to play the roles of Prince Charles and Queen Mother in 'The Crown' Season 3
As the previous cast has already established the royal family it all its glory and grace on TV, it has set a standard for the new cast who are to take up the roles in Season 3.
Netflix's 'The Crown' has found the new actors who are to replace Julian Baring and Victoria Hamilton as Prince Charles and the Queen Mother in the upcoming new season. The British actor Josh O' Connor (known for his role in 'God's Own Country') will be cast as the Prince of Wales and Marion Bailey (known for her role in the 2007 movie 'Persuasion') will play the role of the Queen Mother in the third season of the Peter Morgan drama series.
As each season delves into an entire decade in the life of England's longest-serving monarch, Season 3 is being re-casted to project the aging royal family. Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos spoke about the six-season plan back in 2016 and said in a statement to Hollywood Reporter, "This is going to take Queen Elizabeth from age 29 to, presumably, the current day. We'll see it layout over decades...The idea is to do this over six decades in six seasons presumably, and make the whole show [run] over eight to 10 years." O'Connor has been pretty thrilled about his role.
He explained, "Seasons three and four will follow some of the most turbulent events in the Prince of Wales' life and our national story, and I'm excited to be bringing to life the man in the midst of it all. I'm very aware it's a formidably talented family to be joining but reliably informed I have the ears for the part and will fit right in." Bailey also said of her new role: “It’s a brilliant show, and we have a tough act to follow, but what a gift to be playing the fascinating and greatly loved Queen Mother. Thrilled to be on board and working with such a top-notch team.”
As the seasons have been divided to include episodes and incidents that have marked the decades in the royal family, Season 3 will most probably pick up from the Wilson Era, the time during the presidentship of Woodrow Wilson who served in office from 1913 to 1921 and led America through the First World War from 1914 to 1918. Season 4 will chiefly focus on Thatcher.
Morgan might just end up being the one who has chronicled the whole life of England's longest-serving monarch, as said to the UK Times, "Authorised royal biographers are so straitjacketed, deferential, fawning and unadventurous that they can only be after a knighthood — or they’re completely scurrilous and insolent, like Andrew Morton or Paul Burrell.”
The third season will reportedly take off from where the second season had left after the Queen gave birth to her fourth child Prince Edward in 1964. It will probably trace the incidents up to 1976, the year when Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon declare their separation after 16 years of marriage. While Morgan has revealed that the third season (which will see Olivia Colman play the role of Queen Elizabeth II) will see some glimpses of Princess Diana towards the end, she might be one of the regular appearances in the show for the following two seasons. Her role hasn't been cast as yet.