Netflix’s new star-studded period drama The Crown finally has a release date – the lavish series will become available to binge watch on November 4.
Start clearing your calendars now.
The ten-episode drama is based on Peter Morgan’s award-winning play The Audience – the stage version of which netted star Helen Mirren both the Olivier and Tony for Best Actress for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II. The play used the weekly meetings (an audience) between the Queen and her prime ministers as a framework to tell the story of her life.
Wolf Hall’s Claire Foy stars as the 25-year old Elizabeth as she prepares to assume the crown. The series will tell the story of the early years of her reign, when she is first faced with the prospect of leading the monarchy (and England itself) into a new era.
To celebrate the premiere news, Netflix also dropped a new teaser trailer:
Let me be blunt: I’m so excited for this show.
The series is already Netflix’s most expensive to date – reportedly it cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $156 million to make – and you can see in the trailer they’ve spared no expense when it comes to the sumptuous sets and costumes. Or when it comes to the cast, for that matter – Foy leads an ensemble of A-listers that includes Doctor Who’s Matt Smith as Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill. Other notable cast members include Dame Eileen Atkins, Jared Harris, Jeremy Northam, Vanessa Kirby and Victoria Hamilton.
It’s definitely possible that I just drew a large, poorly rendered crown around November 4 in my day planner. I’m so ready.
How about you? Thoughts on The Crown?