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Helena Bonham Carter To Be Aged-Up Princess Margaret In 'The Crown' Season 3


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The Crown Season 3 might have already found its new Princess Margaret. 

According to reports, Helena Bonham Carter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Ocean's 8 might be replacing Vanessa Kirby as Queen Elizabeth II's lone sibling in the next chapter of the royal drama. She will join Olivia Colman who will replace Claire Foy as the reigning queen. 

Bonham Carter was also rumored to be in contention for the role of Elizabeth II. Neither Netflix nor the actress' representatives have confirmed the report. 

Despite its stellar cast, The Crown is meant to replace key actors in later seasons to better portray the characters as they age. Kirby, Foy, and Matt Smith, who plays the role of Prince Philip, are expected to exit after Season 2. 

Netflix is yet to order Seasons 3 and 4 but pre-production work is already on-going, according to reports. 

New Cast, New Problems

In its lauded second season, The Crown explored the period between 1957 through 1967. Viewers saw the queen give birth to her sons, Prince Andrew (born in 1960) and, by the end of the season, Prince Edward (born in 1964). 

Princess Margaret, bouncing back from her heartbreaking break up with her first love, Peter Townsend, married the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones (later known as Lord Snowdon). 

"The second season for me is Margaret's attempt to find herself," Kirby stated in a previous interview with Vanity Fair. "I think she thinks she's done it with Tony, and later on she realizes it's not the case." 

The anticipated third season is going to be juicier for everyone's favorite rebellious royalty. Rumor has it that Margaret and Lord Snowdon had several affairs during their first 10 years of marriage.

Most controversial, perhaps, was the royal sibling's romance with the Roddy Llewellyn, the 25-year-old son of show jumper, Sir Harry Llewellyn, when she was 43 years old. 

Kirby is desperate to explore this point of Margaret's life. She told the magazine that she is envious of her successor. 

"[I]t's going to be so fun [to enact] when their marriage starts to break down. You see the beginnings of that in Episode 10," she explained. " I kept saying to [series creator Peter Morgan], 'Can't you put in an episode where Margaret and Tony have a big row, and she throws a plate at his head?' I'm so envious of the actress who gets to do it."

The Crown Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix

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