Are Claire Foy And Matt Smith Making Their Exit From The Crown After Season Two?

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When The Crown first premiered on Netflix last November, we were in awe of the amazing performances of its entire cast, which is led by British actress Claire Foy. To think that one day, we have to say goodbye to Queen Claire and say hello to a new actress that will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II is already breaking our hearts.

While we thought, it might be a while longer for this sad event to occur, Peter Morgan, the writer of the show, just dropped the news to us during an interview with ScreenDaily that it might happen sooner than we thought. According to him, it is possible that Claire Foy and Matt Smith will have to step down and make room for new faces to play the Queen and her husband after season two.

“If we do [make a third season]… we’d probably need to think about the issue of recasting everybody and so those conversations are happening now and I couldn’t tell you where we’ll come out.”

He goes on explaining that “it’s a big thing to go on again. Everybody needs to look at one another and say ‘what is the appetite [for this]?’ and under which circumstances and what terms would we do it.”

While we really don’t want to see anyone else playing the longest reigning monarch in modern history, Morgan also delivers an explanation for why they would have to recast everyone:

“I feel that when we reach 1963-64 we’ve gone as far as we can go with Claire Foy without having to do silly things in terms of makeup to make her look older.” Morgan also adds that Foy “can’t help the fact she’s as young as she is.”

It actually makes sense, after all Claire Foy is only 32 years old and even make-up can only do so much to make one look either younger or, in this case, older.

Obviously, this is devastating to hear for all the fans of the new Netflix show. After all, we cannot imagine someone else playing the Queen other than Foy. Thankfully, we don’t have to right now, as Claire Foy and Matt Smith will definitely return as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in season two.

Anna Hattingen