Watch the Trailer for 'The Crown,' Netflix's Ambitious New Original Series About Queen Elizabeth II

by Zach Seemayer 6:18 PM PDT, September 27, 2016
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The first trailer for Netflix's latest original series, The Crown, dropped on Tuesday, and it looks like the streaming service is about to unleash it's most wildly ambitious project to date.

The Crown, which tells the entire life story of Queen Elizabeth II, is set to dramatize the beloved royal's life over a span of five seasons -- each detailing another decade of her storied life on the throne.

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To cover the the project's expansive time period, unbelievable production value and impressive cast, Netflix has also reportedly dropped $100 million on the series, which is more than nearly any show they've produced thus far.

The series is penned by celebrated screenwriter Peter Morgan, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2007 for his screenplay for The Queen, which told the story of Queen Elizabeth II during the aftermath of Princess Diana's untimely death. Helen Mirren starred as the titular ruler, and the role earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress.

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In The Crown, actress Claire Foy stars as a much younger Elizabeth, while John Lithgow plays British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The series details the young royal's uncertain and obstacle-riddled ascent to the throne, and the tension it causes between her and her new husband, Philip -- played by former Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

From the period-clothing to Elizabeth's enormous 1953 coronation ceremony, it's clear in every second of the trailer for The Crown where Netflix spent the massive budget allotted to the expansive drama.

The Crown premieres Oct. 4 on Netflix, when all episodes of the first season will be available for streaming.

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