Saturday, June 22, 2024

Netflix Ramps Up Star Power for Season 3 of “The Crown” with Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret


If you’ve watched Seasons 1 and 2 of Netflix’s amazing series “The Crown,” you know we are saying goodbye to most of the cast. Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and Vanessa Kirby– and Matthew Goode–will be replaced in Season 3 by older actors.

Already cast is Olivia Coleman replacing the remarkable Claire Foy was Elizabeth. But the big news today is that Helena Bonham Carter– who is really a big star– will play Princess Margaret. HBC is a NAME– which means Margaret’s hard partying in the 1970s is going to be front and center. What fun that will be!

Still to be named are the actors for Lord Snowdon, Prince Phillip, for Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and so on. “The Crown” is budgeted at $156 million, so there’s money to attract more stars. But the excitement of it so far has been introducing new names, like Foy and Kirby. So let’s hope we see more of that.

HBC, by the way, is one of the funniest, and best, actresses in the world. She’s going to make Princess Margaret a legend.

As for this weekend’s Golden Globes, Claire Foy had better win again. That’s all I can say.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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