Everything We Know About The Crown Season 3

Olivia Colman stars as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.
Olivia Colman stars as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.
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Oscar-winner Olivia Colman takes over for Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown’s third season, which covers history from 1964 through 1976. With Outlander’s Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, season 3 will dramatize events like the moon landing, the Queen’s 1972 visit to France, and the devolution of Margaret’s marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones.

Directed by: Ben Caron
Written by: Peter Morgan
Starring: Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter

TV Facts

  • Though Princess Diana won’t appear in season three (she didn’t meet Prince Charles until 1977), we will get to see Camilla Parker Bowles, played by Call the Midwife’s Emerald Fennell.
  • MCU star Paul Bettany was almost cast as Prince Philip, but had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts.
  • Josh O’Connor, known for his work in God’s Own Country (2017) and the television series The Durrells in Corfu, will portray Prince Charles.
  • This isn’t the first time Olivia Colman goes royal—or even the second time. In addition to her Oscar-winning performance as Queen Anne in 2018’s The Favourite, she also played Queen Elizabeth II’s mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, in 2012’s Hyde Park on Hudson.
  • According to Tobias Menzies, Philip and Elizabeth’s contentious marriage has calmed down in season 3, but that doesn’t mean Philip has fully settled into his station. The moon landing serves as the impetus for “various midlife crisis questions” like “‘What have I done with my life?’” Menzies said in an interview.
  • Season 3 will tackle the 1966 Aberfan disaster, in which mining waste rock collapsed on a Welsh school, killing almost 150 children and adults. Producers consulted with survivors and other town residents to discuss how best to depict the incident.

Netflix will release season three of The Crown on November 17.

Taika Waititi Hints That The Mandalorian's Baby Yoda Could Be Female

© LUCASFILM
© LUCASFILM

Various collaborators behind The Mandalorian have made it abundantly clear that while we're all obsessing over Baby Yoda, the show’s tiny breakout star, we really don’t know much about him. Including whether the character officially known as "The Child" is a "him" at all.

Entertainment Weekly reports that JoJo Rabbit director Taika Waititi, who directed The Mandalorian's season 1 finale, recently blew Baby Yoda fans's minds when he suggested that he could be a she. "I knew that people would be talking about Baby Yoda, but I also know Baby Yoda’s real name," Waititi said. "So if you’re gonna do me a favor, please stop calling him Baby Yoda. Or is it a her? No one knows!"

Both Waititi and series creator Jon Favreau have debunked the worldwide nickname of the miniature character. The two have corrected fans, explaining that The Child couldn't actually be a younger version of Yoda because the timelines don’t match up. The Disney+ show is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, which means Yoda is already 905 years old. The Child, however, is only about 50. Though clearly he (or she) is the same species as the iconic Jedi master, whose origin story has always been very secretive, none of this will do anything to dissuade us from calling the creature Baby Yoda.

Keep your eyes peeled for season 2 of The Mandalorian, which will debut in fall 2020, to (hopefully) find out more about Baby Yoda’s true identity—and gender.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite Makes History With Its Best Picture Oscar Nomination

Ji-so Jung stars in Bong Joon Ho's Parasite (2019).
Ji-so Jung stars in Bong Joon Ho's Parasite (2019).
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Ever since Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite became the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last May, critics have been whispering (or shouting) about its potential to take home the Best Picture Oscar, as well.

Now that goal is within reach: This morning, the gripping thriller secured a Best Picture Oscar nomination—a first for a South Korean film. Though none of the individual actors were nominated for their performances, Bong Joon Ho made the list for Best Director, and the film is also in the running for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, and Best Film Editing.

If Parasite wins Best Picture this year, it won’t just be the first South Korean film to do so—it’ll be the first foreign film to ever walk away with the award. Many thought Roma had a good chance of achieving that honor last year, but the Netflix-distributed Mexican drama ultimately lost to Green Book.

According to Variety, Parasite has grossed $25.4 million at the U.S. box office and an overall $132.3 million worldwide, and HBO is currently developing it as a miniseries.

The film, which is almost entirely in Korean, has helped many viewers overcome a characteristically American aversion to subtitles, something that Bong Joon Ho didn’t fail to mention in his Golden Globes acceptance speech after winning the Best Foreign Film award.

“Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles,” he said via his translator, “You will be used to so many more amazing films.”

This year’s Academy Awards air on ABC on Sunday, February 9.

[h/t Variety]

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