If you ask us, then the two awards won by The Crown at this month’s Golden Globes confirmed its position as the new Downton Abbey. But if you still need convincing, then the news that Matthew Goode is joining the cast must surely be the clincher.
Since his role as racing driver Henry Talbot in the wildly popular period drama, Matthew has popped up in last year’s Roots reboot and a slew of films, including The Imitation Game alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, and Allied starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.
His casting in The Crown will see him play a key role in the British royal family — a brood, dare we say it, even more formidable than the Crawleys.
According to Radiotimes.com he will play Antony Armstrong-Jones, a.k.a. society photographer Lord Snowdon, who died this month aged 86. In 1960, he married the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret — a union that quickly became turbulent and finally ended in divorce in 1978.
This royal split will surely be the focus of the drama’s second season, as will the dilemma faced by Princess Margaret, played in the show by Me Before You‘s Vanessa Kirby. She must choose between Armstrong-Jones and her first love, the divorcee Group Captain Peter Townsend (Coupling‘s Ben Miles).
That relationship had been building up to its climax in the first season, which saw Claire Foy playing the Queen in the early part of her reign and Matt Smith as her husband Prince Philip.
Season two will pick up where the first left off, and will likely depict events from the 1956 Suez Crisis to the mid 1960s. After that, the whole cast will be replaced for season three, with older actors being brought onboard to play the royals in later years. The award-winning series is expected to continue at a stately pace through its six seasons in a bid to cover the entirety of Elizabeth II’s record-breaking reign.
In the meantime, though, we still have a whole season to savor Claire, Matt, and now Matthew in their roles as the young royals.
The Crown is expected to return for season two on Netflix in November.
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