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A New Series About Queen Elizabeth II Is Reportedly Coming To Netflix

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Confession: When I first saw this news, I read the headline a little too quickly. For a moment, I thought that Netflix was making a series about Elizabeth I. I was all set to write an entire post in bad Renaissance faire speak, but luckily, I noticed the second I there. Trust me, we’re better off this way.

As reported by The Guardian, Netflix is gearing up for a twenty-part epic called The Crown, spanning the current Queen’s six-decade reign. Netflix has yet to officially confirm the series, but according to the Guardian’s sources, The Crown will be written by Peter Morgan, who wrote the Oscar-winning film The Queen, as well as the play The Audience (which The Crown is inspired by). No word yet as to who will be playing the lady in charge, but here’s a thought: Helen Mirren starred in both The Queen and The Audience. We can dream, right?

The Crown will focus heavily on the politics surrounding Elizabeth II’s monarchy. The Audience revolved around her weekly audiences with prime ministers, so it’s fair to say that there’s going to be a breadth of history on display here (to put things in perspective, Winston Churchill was her first PM). The series is expected to begin filming in the UK in 2015, with Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot) in the director’s chair. Word is that Netflix won the rights to the series over the BBC and ITV, which is pretty impressive. This would be their first series made across the pond.

What say you guys? Does this sound like your cup of tea?

(via Rolling Stone)

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