By Michael Calia
When the history of 21st century pop culture is written (or Snapchatted) writer Peter Morgan will go down as Queen Elizabeth II‘s most prominent chronicler in fiction.
In 2009′s Morgan-penned “The Queen,” Helen Mirren delivered a performance that would earn her an Oscar. Then, in 2013, his play “The Audience,” also starring Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, debuted in London’s West End. This year, it premiered on Broadway, and Mirren won a Tony for the role.
Now, Morgan is taking his fascination with the queen to television, specifically Netflix, with a 10-episode series called “The Crown.” Mirren won’t play the queen this time, however. Instead, Claire Foy (“Wolf Hall”) will play a younger version of the monarch.
The series will focus on the queen’s relationship with U.K. prime ministers in the aftermath of World War II. John Lithgow will play Winston Churchill, while Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) will play Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “The Audience” also explored the queen’s relationship with prime ministers.
Stephen Daldry, who directed “The Audience,” will serve as a director on “The Crown,” as will Philip Martin and Julian Jarrold.
The series is scheduled to debut next year.
The series reunites writer Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”) with director Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours”) and producer Andy Harries (“The Queen”). Stephen Daldry, Philip Martin and Julian Jarrold will direct episodes from scripts by Peter Morgan.