Claire Foy to leave The Crown after season two
Claire Foy is likely to step down from her role as Queen Elizabeth if Netflix picks up The Crown for a third series, according to writer Peter Morgan.
The 32-year-old actress has won huge critical acclaim for her portrayal of the British monarch in the hit show, including a Golden Globe win for Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama, at this year's ceremony.
But while Claire and co-star Matt Smith, who stars in the programme as the Queen's husband Prince Philip, will be front and centre in the second season of the show, they are unlikely to continue into a third.
"If we do (a third season)… we'd probably need to think about the issue of recasting everybody and so those conversations are happening now and I couldn't tell you where we'll come out," Peter told ScreenDaily.
"It's a big thing to go on again. Everybody needs to look at one another and say 'what is the appetite (for this)?' and under which circumstances and what terms would we do it."
The second season will chronicle the royal couple in the late 1950s and early 1960s. But to continue to a third season, the tale would move on so much that older actors and actresses would have to be cast.
"I feel that when we reach 1963-64 we've gone as far as we can go with Claire Foy without having to do silly things in terms of makeup to make her look older," he added.
"She can't help the fact she's as young as she is."
Season two of The Crown is expected to return to Netflix this November. Peter previously revealed to People.com that the show will focus more on Philip and son Prince Charles, rather than Claire's Elizabeth.
"We start to focus on Charles as a young boy and his education, and on Philip and his back story," he explained. "It's goodbye to a different, Edwardian, post-Imperial world. We get a classlessness and a modernity beginning to creep in. It is going to be terrific."