The British stage and screen icon would replace Colman as Queen Elizabeth in seasons five and six of Netflix's royal saga.
Imelda Staunton is reportedly in talks to take the throne for seasons five and six of The Crown, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The move would see her replace Olivia Colman, currently reigning as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's royal saga, season three which recently landed on the streamer. Colman herself took over from Claire Foy, who played the monarch in the first two seasons.
A star of stage and screen for four decades, Staunton is a much-loved face of British entertainment with numerous roles to her name. Her first of five Olivier awards the British equivalent of the Tony awards came in 1985, while she has earned nine nominations. She won a BAFTA award for Vera Drake in 2004 — as well as a best actress Oscar nom — and landed an Emmy nomination for The Girl in 2012.
Harry Potter fans know her as the petite, pink-clad villain Dolores Umbridge, a role she first played in 2007's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Most recently, Staunton joined the cast of the Downton Abbey, starring alongside her real-life husband, Jim Carter.
A Netflix spokesperson played down the rumors of Staunton joining The Crown, which were first reported in the Daily Mail.
“We are currently filming season 4 of The Crown but have not commissioned any further seasons as yet, therefore any news on casting remains pure speculation," they said.
Alongside Colman, season three of The Crown also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret,Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip and Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles.
Maggie Gyllenhaal has been acting for close to 30 years, and in that time she’s worked with an eclectic collection of top tier filmmakers: Spike Jonze, Christopher Nolan, Penny Marshall, Oliver Stone, and more. Now she’s been bitten by the directing bug herself, and is all set to make her directorial debut with a film adaptation of author Elena Ferrante’s novel The Lost Daughter.
Today, we found out who will star in Gyllenhaal’s new movie. Oscar winner Olivia Colman is set to play the lead role, and she’ll be joined by Dakota Johnson Bad Times at the El Royale, Jessie Buckley Wild Rose, and Peter Sarsgaard Green Lantern. Get details about the story below.
Gyllenhaal is making her screenwriting debut as well as her directing debut with this movie. Variety describes the story’s plot like this: “The Lost Daughter tells the story of a college professor Colman whose own psychological trauma begins to resurface after meeting a woman Johnson and her young daughter while on summer vacation.” The book’s description on Amazon is even more detailed:
Leda is a middle-aged divorcée devoted to her work as an English teacher and to her two children. When her daughters leave home to be with their father in Canada, Leda anticipates a period of loneliness and longing. Instead, slightly embarrassed by the sensation, she feels liberated, as if her life has become lighter, easier. She decides to take a holiday by the sea, in a small coastal town in southern Italy. But after a few days of calm and quiet, things begin to take a menacing turn. Leda encounters a family whose brash presence proves unsettling, at times even threatening. When a small, seemingly meaningless, event occurs, Leda is overwhelmed by memories of the difficult and unconventional choices she made as a mother and their consequences for herself and her family. The apparently serene tale of a woman’s pleasant rediscovery of herself soon becomes the story of a ferocious confrontation with an unsettled past.
Colman has proven time and again that she’s an incredibly gifted comedic performer, but this sounds like a project that will let her once again dig into some more dramatic material.
Gyllenhaal issued a statement about the project:
“When I finished reading Elena Ferrante’s ‘The Lost Daughter,’ I felt that something secret and true had been said out loud. And I was both disturbed and comforted by that. I immediately thought how much more intense the experience would be in a movie theatre, with other people around. And I set to work on this adaptation. I find that the script has attracted other people interested in exploring these secret truths about motherhood, sexuality, femininity, desire. And I’m thrilled to continue my collaboration with such brave and...
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? drama Quiz will be revealed to AMC viewers on Sunday May 31.
The network will launch the series, which is produced by The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures and is a co-production with British network ITV, over three weeks with the second and third episodes airing June 7 and June 14 respectively. The full series will be available to binge on AMC Premiere from May 31.
This comes after ITV revealed that it will air the three-part drama on April 13.
Quiz, directed by Stephen Frears A Very English Scandal and written by James Graham Brexit: An Uncivil War, tells the story of how Charles and Diana Ingram attempted an 'audacious heist' on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Major Ingram Matthew Macfadyen, his wife Diana Sian Clifford and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock Michael Jibson, who was sitting in the audience, were accused of cheating their way to a million pounds on the popular game show. The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple-choice questions posed to the Major by host, Chris Tarrant Michael Sheen.
Aisling Bea, star of Hulu's This Way's Up, plays ITV Entertainment boss Claudia Rosencrantz and Catastrophe star Mark Bonnar plays Paul Smith, Chairman of Celador Television and creator of Millionaire.
Creator James Graham told Deadline earlier this year, “It's quite easy to make TV people look pretentious and smug on TV, but that's the trope. They just run around in suits and they're really metropolitan and cutting and smug, and I don't think that's very interesting. So, I tried to humanize them and make them people with vulnerabilities and doubts and uncertainties and desires like everyone else.”
Graham added that one of the things that fascinated him was that he didn't think there were any bad guys in Quiz. “To this day, Paul Smith still believes that they are guilty, and he believes that very passionately. Whether it was the coughing, whether it was something else, he's convinced that people came into the thing that he created, sold around the world, and that these people are trying to destroy that. So, he feels that very keenly. And I think if you represent that honestly and sincerely, then he might be wrong, but he believes it. Similarly, the Ingrams are a normal people who go through this extraordinary story where they're thrown into the limelight. They're made an international laughing stocks, and they're on trial for their freedom. They may get sent to jail if they're found guilty. You try and create three-dimensional people,” he added.