Following the release of the first look at Olivia Colman as the slightly older Queen Elizabeth comes two new images for The Crown season 3 revealing Helena Bonham Carter's upcoming iteration of Princess Margaret and Ben Daniels as her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon. The Queen's younger sister was previously played by Vanessa Kirby in the past two seasons of the show, while Matthew Goode debuted Lord Snowdon in the series' sophomore year, which aired in 2017.
Back in January, news broke that Bonham Carter was in talks to join the Netflix project after Colman's casting to replace Claire Foy as the Queen was locked. But it wasn't until May when it was confirmed that Bonham Carter was joining The Crown's mostly revamped cast for its third year. It wasn't long after that Daniels was also announced for his role, and now, fans can feast their eyes at the first images of the new Snowdons.
Revealed by the official Twitter account of Netflix's The Crown are the first images of Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Daniels as Tony Armstrong-Jones. Check out the characters' photos below:
While the Bonham Carter image perfectly captures Princess Margaret's penchant for modern fashion - a great contrast to Queen Elizabeth's more conservative style - it's interesting that she looks so much like Foy in the photo forcing people to do a double take before realizing that it's the 52-year-old actress. Perhaps it's just the side-profile, but it was arguably a poor decision on Netflix to choose an image that coincidentally resembles the previous actress to play the Queen more than Princess Margaret. Despite this, it's difficult to dampen people's enthusiasm about Bonham Carter portraying possibly one of the most interesting characters in the British monarchy.
What will go down in season 3 of The Crown with regard to Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon isn't exactly a mystery considering creator Peter Morgan has closely stuck with historical facts in the past two outings of the show. Princess Margaret's personal narrative leading up to her marriage to Armstrong-Jones was heavily featured in the middle episodes of The Crown season 2 after a heartbreaking turn of events in the first season forced her to break up with Peter Townsend. With a rocky married life ahead for the Snowdons, fans can expect a bit more spotlight on their relationship as season 3 is set to tackle the Countess' five-year affair with baronet and gardening expert Roddy Llewellyn, which eventually led to her divorcing her husband. It's curious whether or not the forthcoming outing will also discuss Lord Snowdon's controversial sexuality and infidelity issues, but considering The Crown didn't shy away from exploring Prince Phillip's own cheating scandals, it's likely that they'll at least address these issues, if not fully tackle them.
The Crown season 3 is expected to premiere on Netflix in the early part of 2019.