‘The Crown’ Featurette Goes Behind the Scenes of Netflix’s Ambitious New Series

     October 13, 2016


This November, Netflix is releasing The Crown, a ten-episode original series exploring the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II, complete with all of the trials and struggles that came for the young royal in that time period. Wolf Hall actress Claire Foy leads an all-star cast in the title role of Queen Elizabeth II; the rest of the cast includes Doctor Whos Matt Smith as Prince Philip Mountbatten. The series drops on the service November 4th in all regions where Netflix is available, and now the streaming service has offered a deeper look at what’s in store.

Following the death of her father, the 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth II has a massive responsibility thrust upon her at a time when she’s still dealing with his passing. Becoming Queen, her whole life would change. She is faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. It is a time that the British Empire is in decline and the political world is in disarray… but a new era is dawning as the series explores what happened behind locked doors in a coveted world of power and privilege. The Crown explores the perspective of Queen Elizabeth II during her early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.

Netflix has released their own peek into the series, which they describe as “a dramatic look into the private lives of the infamous royal family.” The featurette, titled “The Weight of the Crown,” features the cast, producers, and creators discussing what it was like to bring the Queen Elizabeth II story to life.

In promotional materials for the series, Netflix describes Peter Morgan‘s scripts as “masterfully researched” as they reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) is reunited with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen) for this project.

The Crown is based on an award-winning play called The Audience. In addition to Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as Prince Philip, the series stars John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary.