Netflix is currently undergoing a major casting update on its historical drama, The Crown, and is now looking to add a multiple Oscar nominee to its ranks. Famed British actress Helena Bonham Carter is in talks to join the show for its new season as Princess Margaret.
Actress Vanessa Kirby played the role in the show’s first two seasons, but producers are looking to recast as the show moves forward in time.
Although Claire Foy gained significant praise for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth, the plan from the beginning was to recast every two seasons.
Broadchurch star Olivia Colman has already been cast as Elizabeth for Seasons 3 and 4, with Bonham Carter expected to play Margaret during the same two seasons.
Ironically, Bonham Carter was actually nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in the 2010 film, The King’s Speech.
As producers began the process of recasting Elizabeth for the new seasons of The Crown, Bonham Carter was initially considered for the role before Colman was cast.
Bonham Carter has had a long and storied career, though she’s most widely known for her role as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter franchise.
From 2004 to 2014, she was married to filmmaker Tim Burton, who subsequently cast her in almost all of his films during that time.
She appeared in Burton’s films Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Planet of the Apes, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish, Dark Shadows, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
The second season of The Crown debuted on Netflix just last month on December 8, giving audiences their last glimpses of Foy, alongside John Lithgow as Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The upcoming third season will reportedly explore Margaret’s five-year affair with gardening expert Roddy Llewellyn, giving Bonham Carter plenty of interesting storylines to explore.