After years of fantastic film performances (and a few scattered television mini-series), Oscar-nominated actor Helena Bonham Carter might be ready to make a bigger TV commitment, as she is in talks with streaming giant Netflix to join its historical drama The Crown as Princess Margaret.
It’s being reported that Netflix is close to a deal with Carter to join the third season, which will already be switching leads as Claire Foy gives way to Olivia Colman playing the older Queen Elizabeth II. Carter would replace Vanessa Kirby, who played Margaret on the first two seasons of the show.
The second season, which premiered Dec. 8 on the streaming service, ended with Margaret marrying Matthew Goode’s Earl of Snowdon and pregnant with their first child.
Matt Smith is also leaving the series after playing Prince Philip on the show’s first two seasons and will likely be replaced by an older actor ala Elizabeth and Margaret. Presumably, Victoria Hamilton will return as the Queen Mother, as the show’s cast is joined by Goode and Michael C. Hall.
Carter has been laying fairly low in recent years, her last appearance in theaters being her return as the Red Queen in Disney’s 2016 sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, which didn’t fare as well as former partner Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which was released in 2010. She will be returning to theaters with Warner Bros’ Ocean’s 8 on June 8.
Carter’s most notable roles include an Oscar-nominated turn in Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech opposite Colin Firth and an unforgettable character in David Fincher’s Fight Club opposite Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor