Netflix’s New Drama: The Crown, Based on Queen Elizabeth II

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Netflix is on the Emmy hunt with their new original drama based on Queen Elizabeth II, called The Crown. The Telegraph reports that they’re sinking about £100 million on production, which is a hell of a lot of money. The show is said to be focused on the queen’s life from her wedding in 1947 all the way up to the present day.

The description of the show is about as weighty and dramatic as you’d expect it to be:

The inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

It even has a tagline to match that reads, “Two houses, two courts, one Crown.”

They’ve actually already gone into production, having shot a few scenes of QEII’s royal wedding. You can check out a couple of set photos, including Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II. Matt Smith will be playing Prince Phillip, though there are no photos of him in costume quite yet.

What do you think, folks? Will you be tuning in on Netflix for this series?

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