The highly anticipated third season of The Crown will be launching on Netflix in just two months time and naturally, our excitement is through the roof – especially after having waited patiently for almost two years for its return.
However, as we already know, a lot of changes have been made to our beloved royal drama. Not only has the plot changed due to a time hop, but there has been a complete change in cast too.
Olivia Coleman will take over from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II as the timeline jumps from 1947-63 (where the show was set in the second season) to the years 1964-76.
And of course, with such a big change in casting, there are bound to be a few continuity errors and mishaps – one of which Coleman recently revealed during an interview with Vogue.
The Oscar-winning actress revealed that she was forced to wear blue contacts when she first stepped on set as both Claire Foy and the Queen have blue eyes while she has brown. However, her ‘strong eyelids’ made it too painful to keep the contacts in.
She told the publication: ‘[It] was basically like an exorcism: [I said], ‘Just hold me down and thrust it in!’
Ben Caron, a director on the show who worked on four episodes of the upcoming season, then added that changing the colour of her eyes via technology didn’t seem right either, saying: ‘It didn’t feel like her. CGI-ing her eyes seemed to diminish what she was doing.’
So, it looks like we’ll have to get used to Her Majesty with Olivia Coleman’s soulful brown-eyes – but with her excellent acting, we don’t imagine it’ll be a problem.
Coleman, who was announced to be joining the new cast back in 2018, explained how thrilled she was to be playing Queen Elizabeth during an interview with Radio Times.
She explained: ‘I got a phone call from my agent when I was in a car [telling her that she had been asked to meet with director Peter Morgan]. I think I had fairly recently finished watching the first series, which I had done in about three nights – and so I was very excited. My agent was trying to be subtle, not knowing who was in the car with me and she went, “It’s something about a tiara”, and I went, “Oh, it’s The Crown!”’