The Crown series three will begin filming “in a few weeks” says Helena Bonham Carter

The star admitted she was "terrified" about filling Vanessa Kirby's shoes in the Netflix drama

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05:  Helena Bonham Carter attends the

The Crown season three is about to enter production, according to its new Princess Margaret, Helena Bonham Carter.


Speaking on the red carpet at the premiere of her new film Ocean’s 8, Bonham-Carter said that filming begins in “a few weeks”, and voiced her anxiety about taking the role over from Vanessa Kirby, who won the Bafta TV award for best supporting actress for her turn as the Queen’s sister earlier this year.

“I’ve definitely started prepping,” Bonham Carter told Variety. “It’s exciting. We start in a few weeks, and I think we’re all — we’re completely terrified. I think also because the first two seasons were such a success, we have the onus of inheriting the responsibility of doing justice to all these genuinely famous people, and then on top of it, inheriting them from this previous generation of actors who’ve done such good jobs.”

Bonham Carter’s confirmation that filming begins in a few weeks matches what star Olivia Colman told earlier in 2018, when she revealed that filming begins in July.

Seasons three and four of the drama will span the years 1964-76, with series one and two having covered the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, from 1947-63 – hence the decision to cast new actors ahead of the time leap.

“None of us look at all like our previous generation,” Bonham Carter said. “We don’t actually look like our real people either. I don’t look like Margaret. I don’t think Olivia looks particularly like the Queen, but it’s interesting. We just have to try and create some sort of essence. The good thing is that all the characters are so multifaceted, so we will probably capture different bits.”

The Crown - Matt Smith, Peter Morgan, Claire Foy - Writer/Creator Peter Morgan with Matt Smith (Prince Philip) and Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth II) (Netflix, TL)

But she does think she has one thing over her predecessor: “I mean, I’m short – Vanessa could never be short,” she said. “And Margaret was five foot.”


The Crown season 3 is set to arrive on Netflix UK in 2019

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