When the second season of The Crown ended, fans of the Netflix drama knew that it would be the last for Claire Foy in the role of Queen Elizabeth II. All part of showrunner Peter Morgan's plan to chronicle the royal family's saga with different actors taking on the roles. Now fans can feast their eyes on their first look at The Night Manager's Olivia Colman as the Queen in Season 3. Check out the regal image for yourself below:
And what an image to kick off with! The familiar sight of the Queen preparing to drink some tea is about as The Crown as you could hope to see. It is hard to make a lot of judgments off of how an actor will do in a role based on a first look, but based on this image alone, it is seems that Olivia Colman will be an excellent fit as the Queen. Everything about her expression in this single image is enough to tease that.
This pivotal first look not only serves as the first official glimpse of Olivia Colman in the role of the Queen for fans everywhere, but also their first visual of the third season, overall. While Season 3 will welcome a bevy of new faces in both familiar and newly matured roles, The Crown's cinematography and feel appear to be pretty consistent with the series' hallmark lighting, which gives the palace walls that lived-in feel.
With The Crown giving viewers their first official peek at the Queen, fans can now anticipate catching a glimpse of Outlander's Tobias Menzies in the role of Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. Menzies is taking over the role from Doctor Who alumn Matt Smith, while Bonham Carter will take the tiara over from future Fast And Furious franchise actress Vanessa Kirby. With lots of eyes watching, there is undoubtedly a lot of pressure on the new cast.
In this more domestic first look at the Queen in Season 3 -- she is not sporting her crown or a gown -- it offers a down to earth glimpse of the woman behind the title. Fans are definitely in for more royal drama in the series' third installment. With the Queen and Prince Philip's kids getting older, their roles as parents to more mature children than Season 2 left them with will certainly add new dynamics to their lives as parents and monarchs.
No date has been set for The Crown Season 3 to bow, yet. For other content set to arrive on Netflix this year, check out our 2018 Netflix premiere rundown and when you are done reading that, our guide to Amazon Prime's premiere schedule. For new television content while you wait for The Crown's return, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's summer premieres.