After a lengthy delay, season 3 of Netflix’s The Crown will premiere in November, according to a new announcement video. The Emmy-winning series historical fiction series following the exploits of Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family during the second half of the 20th century. The series launched in 2016 with future Emmy winner Claire Foy as the young queen, as well as Matt Smith as Prince Philip, John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, and future Mission: Impossible and Hobbs & Shaw standout Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.
The series capitalized on the ceaseless fascination with the Royal Family, recounting the early days of Elizabeth’s reign, her sometimes tumultuous marriage, and the major events of the last century. But the series, from creator Peter Morgan, also benefits from an exacting eye for specifics that has recreated Buckingham Palace in remarkable detail. Add to that the lavish period-specific costumes, set decorations, and cinematography, and Netflix has a surefire awards contender on its hands. One that has already proven well worth the streaming giant’s time (and money).
With season 2 premiering in 2017, Netflix has been without its crown for over a year. The delay is understandable, as one the series’ primary calling cards is its willingness to demonstrate the passage of time. In doing so, The Crown will replace its cast with different actors to portray the Royal Family at different times in their lives. As such, there’s great anticipation for season 3, as it will feature Academy Award winner Olivia Colman as Elizabeth. Watch the season 3 premiere date announcement video for The Crown below:
In addition to Colman, the series also welcomes Tobias Menzies (aka, the hardest working man in show business) as Prince Philip, and Helena Bonham Carter as the new Princess Margaret. That sort of lineup is enough to pique the attention of most TV viewers, so adding them to an already successful and popular series is like royal icing on a cake. Though the new cast might take some getting used to at first, The Crown will undoubtedly benefit from having made this re-casting concept known from the very beginning. Casting controversies being what they are, it’s unlikely that Colman and her new crew will face the seemingly obligatory fan backlash, as who in their right mind could possibly object to these actors coming in to make an already great show even better?
Interestingly enough, The Crown season 3 premieres on a Sunday, rather than the usual Friday, which suggests Netflix is eager to take anticipation for the new season by turning its premiere into a special event. With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching and studios beginning to roll out their Oscar potentials, Netflix may have smartly keyed in on the right time of the year to release its own surefire awards contender.
The Crown season 3 premieres Sunday, November 17 exclusively on Netflix.