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Matt Smith (Pic: Loic Venance/Getty Images)
Matt Smith (Pic: Loic Venance/Getty Images)
Matt Smith (Pic: Loic Venance/Getty Images)

We may still be waiting to find out what’s going on with Matt Smith in both Terminator Genisys and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but that doesn’t mean we can’t add a fresh title to that list if something suitably exciting comes up.

It seems that Netflix have commissioned a new original series called The Crown, which is based on Peter Morgan’s award-winning play The Audience. That’s the play in which Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II as she meets various British Prime Ministers down the years since the end of World War II.

The Crown takes that idea and extends it a lot, with the first season being devoted entirely to the Queen’s coronation in 1953, and early encounters with Winston Churchill. Matt has been brought in to play the young Prince Philip, who married Princess Elizabeth (as she was then) in 1947.

And this is no cash-in on a popular theatrical experience, Peter Morgan is adapting his own work for the series, which will be directed by Stephen Daldry, who directed the play. John Lithgow will take the role of Churchill, and Claire Foy (last seen as Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s adaptation of Wolf Hall) will take the lead role.

Netflix say that the series explores “the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.”

The Crown will be available on Netflix in 2016

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By Fraser McAlpine