EXCLUSIVE: British actress Claire Foy has been offered the plum role of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s forthcoming $100 million series The Crown, written by Peter Morgan. If the deal closes, Foy would likely play the younger Queen in Morgan’s ambitious drama, which charts the monarch’s reign from the moment she heard of her father George VI’s death in 1952 through to present day.
Stephen Daldry (Trash, Billy Elliott) is directing the high-profile 20-part drama, which represents Netflix’s first original UK-based production.
It is believed that at least three actresses will play the Queen across her six-decade rule. There is no confirmation yet on whether Helen Mirren will return to the role that won her an Academy Award in The Queen, directed by Stephen Frears and also written by Morgan. The Queen‘s producer Andy Harries is exec producing through his Left Bank Pictures banner, which is owned by Sony. Also on board as exec producers are Robert Fox and Matthew Byam Shaw.
Fox produced Morgan’s hit play The Audience, which imagined 60 years of the Queen’s private conversations with British Prime Ministers from Winston Churchill through to current PM David Cameron. The Crown is said to be inspired by The Audience, but with a wider scope to delve into the shifting socio-cultural landscape of Great Britain over the years.
Foy most recently starred in NBC’s Crossbones and Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater. She is repped by Independent Talent Group’s Oliver Slinger. Morgan is repped by Independent Talent Group’s Greg Hunt.