Helena Bonham Carter might be joining The Crown and we're conflicted

Helena Bonham Carter Vanessa Kirby The Crown

The Crown showrunner Peter Morgan always planned to re-cast the series after its first two seasons, telling Variety back in 2016, "You can't ask someone to act middle-aged. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds", Morgan explained.

The eccentric English actress has apparently been lined up to star alongside Olivia Colman's Queen Elizabeth II when the roles are re-cast for season three. "That informs everything we do".

'Tis been reported that Helena Bonham Carter - patron saint of quirky girls everywhere - is now in talks to take over the role of Princess Margaret (formerly portrayed by Vanessa Kirby) in Season 3 and 4. Bonham Carter made a career out of playing rebels, royals, and corset queens back in her Merchant Ivory days, and this role represents a flawless opportunity to roll all three character types into one famously magnetic woman.

The Crown Season 3 Everything We Know So Far
The Crown Season 3 Everything We Know So Far

Bonham Carter has had plenty of experience playing British royals previously. Matthew Goode ("Downton Abbey") joins in season two as Princess Margaret's husband Antony Armstrong-Jones. Robert Lacey, the show's history consultant, has said that the next run of episodes will take place in the 1970s - which means that, among other things, it'll chronicle "the breakup of this extraordinary marriage between Margaret and Snowdon".

Hopefully, there are some more castings announced in the days ahead; we know that for us, we're very much curious to learn precisely who could be starring in the role of Philip.

However, Princess Margaret veers more to the side of the rebellious roles that Carter has occupied before, especially the wild, reckless version played in the early seasons by Kirby.




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