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Felicity's Queen for a day in TV's 'biggest ever show'
Felicity Jones portrayed a young Queen in a special reading of early scripts for the phenomenal, 60-hour Netflix drama The Crown, which spans Her Majesty’s reign.
The 30-year-old joined a cast of 25 actors in London — including Eileen Atkins, Juliet Stevenson, Kika Markham, Alex Jennings, David Calder, Paul Ritter and James D’Arcy — to read from the first five episodes of the mammoth series, penned by Peter Morgan.
He also wrote Oscar-winning film The Queen and stage hit The Audience, both starring Helen Mirren as the sovereign.
Actors were hand-picked for the presentation to executives from online channel Netflix, who’d flown in from Los Angeles for last Friday’s creative gathering, led by Stephen Daldry. (Daldry will direct some of the programmes and be part of the team of producers.)
It’s too soon to know whether those who participated will also be in The Crown when it films a year from now. ‘We really don’t know at this stage if Felicity or any of the others will continue to the series, as we’re just beginning the process,’ an executive on the show informed me.
Felicity — who stars with Eddie Redmayne in The Theory Of Everything, a film about Stephen Hawking’s first marriage, and played Charles Dickens’s mistress Nelly Ternan in Ralph Fiennes’s The Invisible Woman — was ‘breathtaking’ in her portrait of Princess Elizabeth, according to several in attendance. She played Elizabeth at her marriage to Prince Philip, at her father’s funeral and her Coronation in 1953.
Another executive involved told me that The Crown is ‘the largest television undertaking in the history of broadcasting’, and at £100 million, the most expensive.
Normally this would have been a perfect venture for the BBC — but Netflix scooped it.
The on-demand internet broadcaster, which boasts 50 million subscribers worldwide, has already contracted producer Andy Harries’s Left Bank film company to shoot two seasons’ worth of The Crown: 20 episodes in total. And plans are well underway for a further four seasons.
A casting director is looking for three actresses to portray the Queen, each to last two seasons. ‘It’s about this extraordinary family, and the basic rule of engagement is that whatever constitutional issues the family has will be explored,’ this second source told me from Los Angeles.
The person, whom I cannot name due to the sensitive nature of the huge project, noted every episode has a constitutional aspect that’s debated in Cabinet, or requires the intervention of the Prime Minister.
For instance, one show will focus on the crisis that occurred not long after Elizabeth ascended the throne, triggered by the love between her sister Princess Margaret and Group Captain Peter Townsend, her late father’s equerry — who happened to be divorced.
Margaret was then third in line to the throne, and the Church and the Establishment views on divorce were stern. Added to that was the spectre of their uncle Edward VIII’s abdication, which loomed large.The future Queen Elizabeth in 1947. A new Netflix drama called The Crown will span Her Majesty's reign
The Crown will also look at the disagreements over what name the Queen’s children should take. Earl Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle and key adviser, wanted the family to be known as the House of Mountbatten, while Winston Churchill advised the sovereign to keep the Windsor name.There were even behind-the-scenes flare-ups about the Queen’s Coronation, and they will feature in one of the first batch of shows. ‘It’s state visits, the Coronation, the weddings, the funerals . . .the whole endeavour is incredible,’ I was told. ‘It will involve the Queen’s children, their spouses and offspring . . . probably more than you can imagine.’
It will also, over the course of the series, feature every prime minister from Churchill to Cameron.
The Crown will take eight years to bring to the screen (including the preparations going on now).
At the workshop, David Calder portrayed Churchill, Pip Torrens was Lord Mountbatten, James D’Arcy took on Peter Townsend and Nicholas Farrell played the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The event had a dual purpose: to allow Netflix to get a sense of the scope of the series; and to give writer Morgan a chance to see how his screenplays were flowing.