John Lithgow and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith have joined the cast of Netflix’s period drama THE CROWN. Set in post WWII England, the series will showcase the efforts of Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who together forged the war-torn country’s future in the aftermath. Lithgow will play Sir Winston Churchill and Smith will portray Philip Mountbatten, joining Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth.
Frost/Nixon and The Queen scribe Peter Morgan will script, while Stephen Daldry, Philip Martin and Julian Jarrold will direct separate episodes. Morgan, Daldry, and Martin will executive produce, along with Robert Fox, Andy Harries, Matthew Byam Shaw, Suzanne Mackie and Tanya Seghatchian, while Andrew Eaton will produce.
All ten episodes of the series will premiere simultaneously in 2016.
Still early in his post-Who career, Smith recently starred opposite Christina Hendricks and Saoirse Ronan in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River. Up next, he’ll appear in Paramount’s Terminator reboot Terminator: Genisys, which bows this July, and will star as Mr. Collins in the classic Jane Austen lit/horror mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. He also just wrapped on another zombie pic, Patient Zero, which also stars Stanley Tucci and Natalie Dormer.
Lithgow just appeared in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar, opposite Alfred Molina in the drama Love Is Strange, and in the Hilary Swank/Tommy Lee Jones western The Homesman. He’ll next star in Warner Bros.’ star-packed thriller The Accountant, with Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, and J.K. Simmons headlining.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor