The Crown: First look at upcoming Netflix drama starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith

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Attendees at Netflix’s CES keynote on Wednesday morning (6 January) got a first look at Netflix’s upcoming series “The Crown”.

The royal/political 10 part drama, based on Peter Morgan’s award-winning play “The Audience”, tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign.

The Crown is not only about the royal family but about an empire in decline, a world in disarray and the dawn of a new era. I am beyond thrilled to be reunited with partners from film, theatre and television for this epic project and delighted to be working for the first time with Netflix.”

– Peter Morgan

The Crown is Netflix’s most expensive project to date, costing $156 million to make.

The online streaming service has so far only commissioned one season of the show, but they have previously said that each season of “The Crown” would cover a decade of Queen Elizabeth II’s (Claire Foy) reign.

This first season will focus on her early years, when she is faced with the prospect of leading the monarchy as well as forging a friendship with then Prime Minister Winston Churchill (John Lithgow).

The 10-episode season of “The Crown” will premiere later in 2016 and will be available to local subscribers after Netflix made their service available in Kenya.

Matt Smith and Claire Foy in The Crown
Matt Smith and Claire Foy as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s The Crown.

Former Doctor Who Matt Smith (Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh), Victoria Hamilton (The Queen Mother), Jared Harris (King George VI), Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret) and Dame Eileen Atkins (Queen Mary) also star in the 10 part series.

The Crown will be made available to stream sometime in 2016.

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