Ahead of its global launch on December 8, Netflix’s award winning period drama The Crown has bestowed upon us the first full trailer for the next step inside the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The story this time begins with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ends with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, after a devastating scandal.
The second season of the Claire Foy-starrer bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s. With that comes the meeting of British and American royalty as Michael C Hall and Jodi Balfour join the series as Jack and Jackie Kennedy.
The trailer above depicts a fragile monarchy in a Britain that has “changed beyond recognition” but one in which Buckingham Palace “continues its pre-war regimes as if nothing has happened.” There’s also plenty of time for Her Majesty and her husband, Prince Philip (Matt Smith). “You married a wild spirit,” she’s told. “Trying to tame him is no use.”
We also get a closer look in the trailer at Matthew Goode playing Princess Margaret’s bohemian photographer husband, Tony Armstrong-Jones.
Based on the play, The Audience, the series is created and written by Peter Morgan, directed by Stephen Daldry and produced by Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie.
Although Seasons 3 and 4 have not yet been ordered, the series is expected to continue and will see Olivia Colman step into the Queen’s finery, replacing Foy. Morgan previously said he intended to replace key cast members in later seasons, to better portray the characters as they aged.