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Has The Crown Cast Its Margaret Thatcher For Future Seasons?

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The cast list for The Crown’s anticipated third season is certainly shaping up nicely. Stepping into Claire Foy’s shoes is national treasure Olivia Colman, who is set to play Queen Elizabeth, with Helena Bonham Carter taking the role of her younger sister, Princess Margaret, and Tobias Menzies replacing Matt Smith as Prince Philip. Producers have even started casting the younger generation of royals, with God’s Own Country star Josh O’Connor confirmed to play a twenty-something Prince Charles. Now, it seems, the show is looking to cast an actress to play former Prince Minister Margaret Thatcher – and X Files and The Fall star Gillian Anderson is reportedly in talks for the role.

The Daily Mail reports that Gillian’s partner, The Crown’s showrunner Peter Morgan, believes his girlfriend to bear a certain resemblance to the controversial Tory leader, making her a good fit for the role (aside from her obvious acting credentials, of course). ‘Gillian is an excellent actress, so it would be a real coup to get her,’ a source told the paper.

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Thatcher, who became Prime Minister in 1979, wouldn’t appear until the latter half of the show’s fourth season; this upcoming series, slated for release in 2019, will focus on the premiership of Harold Wilson, who was in office from 1964 to 1970, then from 1974 to 1976. Actor Jason Watkins is set to take the role.

Filming commenced on the third season earlier this summer, and producers have already released first look photos of Colman, Bonham Carter and Ben Daniels (who'll play Margaret's husband Antony Armstrong-Jones) in character. Also confirmed to appear are Marion Bailey, who'll play the Queen Mother, and newcomer Erin Doherty, who'll play Princess Anne.

Catch up on everything we know so far about The Crown's anticipated third season in the gallery below...