For fans of the Netflix megahit, 'The Crown,' drastic changes to the cast are leaving fans frustrated, if not in outright rebellion. After two years of seeing the Queen and her family portrayed by the likes of Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and Vanessa Kirby, faithful viewers cannot seem to wrap their heads around the fact that ‘imposters’ are coming in to replace them.
But, like it or not, the next time we see Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and Princess Margaret on the screen, they will be played by the likes of Olivia Kirby, Tobias Menzies, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Regardless of the outcry against the move, directors are going ahead with their original plan to replace cast members every two years. It’s the best way they have found to address the ongoing problems with presenting a true-story that, if its success continues, will span several decades in time.
Afer all, isn't it a bit unrealistic to expect fans to accept a thirty-something actress playing the Queen as she ages into her 80s and 90s?? Special effects experts are fabulous with makeup these days, but perhaps the Royal Family deserves more than an artificially-aged caricature of the beloved Queen.
In addition, changing leading actors every two years will allow for eventual acceptance from the fans as they get used to the idea that their favorite actors won't be there forever. If it's so hard to say goodbye after only two years, can you imagine how difficult it would be to accept anyone else in the roles after, say, six or seven years?
It sounds as though the geniuses behind the historical drama know what they are doing. And, as one fan points out:
“1. The Queen needs to age: I don’t think we can hang around while Claire Foy gets 20 years older. 2. As mentioned multiple times throughout the series, ‘The Crown’ is the most important thing, not the person wearing it.”
Only time will tell if fans accept the new actors in the beloved roles, but we can only hope that everyone will at least give them a chance.