There are few writers on this planet Earth that are at once as interesting and fun as Peter Morgan. He’s essentially like Britain’s Aaron Sorkin, though his dialogue is rarely as stylized as Sorkin’s enthralling, rhythmic ways of speech. His Frost/Nixon script is a true delight and he’s a crucial element to Stephen Frears‘ The Queen remaining such a triumph, a decade after its release. And he’s the main reason, though by no means the only one, that I’m so excited to see The Crown, Netflix’s latest original series.
The Crown sees him essentially mapping the early part of Claire Foy‘s Queen Elizabeth II’s taking of the crown from her father, King George VI, the subject of The King’s Speech, after his passing. It’s a perfect series to debut right before Hilary Clinton almost inevitably takes up the American presidency, but don’t expect too much symbolism. Morgan, working with director Stephen Daldry, looks at details of experience and history, finding dramatic pulp in every corner of the royal life. There’ll be a lot of history here, as you can tell by the latest trailer for the series, which you can take a look at right below.
The Crown will hit Netflix on November 4th.
Here’s the new trailer for The Crown:
A Netflix original series, The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await.
The Crown reunites acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, The Crown tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.