Netflix’s hit show “The Crown” just released season 3 but they have already started to film season 4, which means the cast will be replaced very soon.
Producers of the show made the choice to recast the show every two seasons to deal with the aging of the characters in real life. Now, some reports suggest Imelda Staunton has landed the top role of Queen Elizabeth.
According to the Daily Mail, Staunton will take over from Olivia Colman who played Her Majesty in season 3 and 4 after Claire Foy held the part in the first two seasons.
However, Netflix has denied Staunton has been cast.
“We are currently filming season 4 of ‘The Crown’ but have not commissioned any further seasons as yet, therefore any news on casting remains pure speculation,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline.
Staunton is best known for her role as Professor Umbridge in the “Harry Potter” franchise as well as Lady Maud Bagshaw in the “Downton Abbey” film.
While fans won’t get to see Staunton (or whoever lands the role) until season 5, Gillian Anderson will make her debut in season 4 as Margaret Thatcher, along with Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer (later to become Princess Diana).