Netflix’s sprawling new series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II arrives on our screens this November, and by the look of the trailer, it’s going to be a must-watch.
The Crown tells the story of the U.K.’s current queen over the course of a whopping six seasons, starting with her marriage in 1947, and her sudden ascension to the throne aged just 25.
And if the real queen’s dignified demeanor has led you to think her reign has been a bed of roses, think again. The drama, based on a play by The Queen and Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan, brings out the kind of behind-the-scenes political intrigue and conflict we’ve come to expect from The West Wing or House of Cards.
The trailer released today (September 27) focuses on the relationship between the future queen (Claire Foy) and her new husband Prince Philip, played by Matt Smith in his first major television role since relinquishing control of the TARDIS in 2014, as he struggles to come to term with his new dual roles—as both husband and subject.
Here it is:
Claire Foy is no stranger to being crowned, of course: just last year she drew critical acclaim for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn, the second queen of King Henry VIII, in the award-winning series Wolf Hall.
And tempting as it is to focus on the personal relationship between her and Matt’s characters, the supporting cast is more than impressive. Jared Harris, who played Lane Pryce in Mad Men, plays the queen’s father George VI, while her uncle Edward VIII is portrayed by The Lady in the Van‘s Alex Jennings; About Time‘s Vanessa Kirby plays her irrepressible sister Princess Margaret; and John Lithgow is Sir Winston Churchill.
Also released today is the stylish artwork for the new drama:
This first season is just the start, of course. Intrigued to see who’ll play the queen in her older years? Start placing your bets now.
The Crown comes to Netflix on November 4.
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