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    Dancing around a ‘Crown’ cast change

    Matt Smith and Claire Foy in “The Crown.”
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    Matt Smith and Claire Foy in “The Crown.”

    Did you love season 1 of “The Crown”? If so, you’ll probably love season 2 just as much. It’s a sweeping look at history, coupled with an intimate look at the marriage of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. It’s riveting.

    Just so you know, though, don’t get too attached to Claire Foy and Matt Smith in the lead roles, not to mention the powerful Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret. As it chronicles the life and times of Elizabeth, “The Crown” will be changing casts every two seasons. Rather than go for makeup and prosthetics, which, with 10-hour seasons, would become tiresome, the producers have opted to bring in older actors along the way.

    Season two wraps in 1964 with the birth of the Queen’s fourth and final child, Prince Edward. Here on out, the children will most likely play a more significant role in the story, notably Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker Bowles will show up.


    It has already been announced that Olivia Colman, from “Broadchurch” and “Fleabag,” will take over from Foy. No word, yet, on other new casting choices. On “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” Meyers asked Smith who’d be replacing him, and he said, “Well, I don’t know — I maybe know. I don’t know if I know. I’m not meant to know, but I maybe know. If it’s the person that it could be I was just totally flattered. I thought, ‘Oh I’m flattered.’ ” Why do I keep thinking it will be Michael Caine or Charles Dance?

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