The Crown is about to get more complicated. According to executive producer Andy Harries, CEO of Left Bank, the closer the storyline gets to the present day, the more involved the legal challenges faced by the production could become. "It’s called libel," he said while on a panel at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem alongside Left Bank creative director Suzanne Mackie and production designer Martin Childs, according to Variety.
"As you get nearer to the present day, there are a lot more people who are alive and well," Harries said.
But that isn't stopping the popular Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth's reign from charging through the 20th century. Season three, which begins filming in July, will reportedly stretch to 1976, introducing both a young Lady Diana and a young Camilla Parker Bowles.
"Those are going to be extraordinary, those episodes," Mackie said.
She's also ready for the show to enter the true modern day. "I want to see an episode where Trump comes to Buckingham Palace," Mackie said, also teasing that Meghan Markle, the American actress set to marry Prince Harry on May 19, "can play herself."
In addition to the plot and potential casting of future seasons, the wide-ranging conversation also covered issues of equal pay, an interesting topic given that the entire show will be recast for season three. Olivia Colman is tapped to play the Queen, and while Helena Bonham Carter is rumored to be playing Princess Margaret, and Hugh Laurie is reportedly in talks to play Philip, nothing has been confirmed yet.
Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip in seasons one and two, was paid more than Claire Foy, the producers revealed, due to his previous fame from "Doctor Who," but "going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” Mackie said.
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