Netflix’s The Crown Is The Story Of A Young Queen Elizbeth
Looking for something new to stream? Beginning today, you can stream the ten-episode first season of The Crown on Netflix.
The British period piece about the life of Queen Elizabeth II stars Claire Foy as Elizebth, Matt Smoth as Prince Phillip, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and John Lithgow as Wintson Churchill.
The Crown began filming just after British actress Foy gave birth to her first child. The new mother was juggling breastfeeding while on set. She’d often pump milk while getting her makeup done each day.
John Lithgow is the only American among the cast. The Footloose star and Doug Vaughn look-alike called the experience portraying Winston Churchill the “best eight months of my professional life” in an interview with Moviefone.
With a production budget estimated to be in the $100 million range, this show is a big bet for the streaming service. However, it’s far from the only bet. Netflix is planning to create 1,000 hours of original content in the next year, up from 600 hours in the past year. The company has a long-term goal on increasing its subscriber base from its current 47.5 million to between 60 and 90 million.
Netflix has already ordered two season of The Crown and creator Peter Morgan say he envisions six seasons of the drama. Season one starts in the late 1940s as Elizabeth is preparing to marry Prince Phillip. Morgan, the man behind Frost/Nixon, Rush, The Last King of Scotland and The Queen, has said he intends to follow the entire reign of Queen Elizabeth in the show’s six seasons.
Princess Elizabeth acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 upon the death King George VI, taking the regal name of Queen Elizabeth II. She turned 90 this past April and officially celebrated the milestone in June. Her Majesty is the longest-reigning monarch in Britain’s history.
Watch the trailer for The Crown below and start streaming season one today.
The Crown trailer
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