Actor Helena Bonham Carter recently confirmed that she will be replacing Vanessa Kirby for the role of Princess Margaret in the third season of the hit Netflix drama “The Crown.” Carter said she feels terrified, more about taking over from Vanessa Kirby as much as she is about playing the princess. Carter was rumored to be casted in the princess’s role for the Netflix’s show previously and the confirmation finally came along with another confirmation for the role of Harold Wilson, who will be played on screen by Jason Watkins.
The duo joined recently the announced cast members including Olivia Colman who will play Queen Elizabeth II taking over from Claire Foy and Tobias Menzies who is has been cast in the role of Prince Philip, taking over from Matt Smith.
Kirby’s portrayal of the Princess Margaret was much appreciated by critics and she was also nominated for a Bafta for her role. [The Guardian]
The Vulture quotes Helena Bonham Carter: “I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about — doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret. The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter than Vanessa.”
Carter is also soon to appear in the film “Ocean’s 8.” The actress is critically acclaimed for her portrayal of Bellatrix Lestrange in the “Harry Potter” franchise. She has also been praised for her numerous other roles including her collaborations with Tim Burton. She has accolades collected from WME and Conway van Gelder Grant.[Page Six]
The announcement was coupled with another one declaring Jason Watkins has been finalized to play the role of the Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the forthcoming season. This role, in all probability, might get Watkins an Emmy nomination and he has even a chance to win as per the history dictated. Prime Minister Wilson served the office of the United Kingdom during two major periods on spanning from 1964 to 1970 and the other spanning from 1974 to 1976. [The Vulture]
The Vulture quotes Jason Watkins when he says, “so looking forward to bringing him to life, through a decade that transformed us culturally and politically.”
The 51-year-old actor, Jason Watkins, won a Bafta for the portrayal of Christopher Jefferies in the mini-series “The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies,” and he has also acted in TV shows including “Trollied,” “Dirk Gently” and “Being Human.. [The Guardian]
Page Six writes that Jason Watkins said, “I am delighted to become part of this exceptional show. And so thrilled to be working once again with Peter Morgan. Harold Wilson is a significant and fascinating character in our history. So looking forward to bringing him to life, through a decade that transformed us culturally and politically. And excited to be working so closely with Olivia; and the whole team.”
“The Crown” is all set to refresh the cast to portray the ageing of the characters. [The Guardian]
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