One of 2016’s most celebrated TV series is set for a long-awaited return, with Netflix announcing the season-two premiere date for “The Crown”.
The historical drama focuses on the early years in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Emmy-nominated Claire Foy), as she struggles with her new responsibilities as monarch.
Also starring are former “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, Jeremy Northam as British PM Anthony Eden and Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother (John Lithgow, who played Sir Winston Churchill in the first season, isn’t expected to return, as Churchill resigned as Prime Minister at the end of season one).
New additions to the cast include Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) as U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Jodi Balfour (Global’s “Bomb Girls”, “Quarry”) as First Lady Jackie Kennedy and Matthew Goode (“The Good Wife”, “Downton Abbey”) asAntony-Armstrong Jones, the Earl of Snowdon, future husband of Princess Margaret.
“Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s,” reads Netflix’s synopsis.
The second season of “The Crown” is set to debut on Friday, Dec. 8. In addition to revealing the premiere date, Netflix has also released these first photos from the upcoming season: