The show's current actors are being recast to portray age as the series progresses

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Helena Bonham Carter
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Two-time Oscar nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter is next in line to take the throne of Netflix’s The Crown, according to a new report.

The 51-year-old actress is “all but confirmed” to play the part of Princess Margaret — Queen Elizabeth II’s younger, and at times controversial sister — in seasons 3 and 4 of the critically acclaimed series, the UK’s Evening Standard newspaper reports.

Bonham Carter was first considered to play the part of Queen Elizabeth, according to the report, but the role instead went to Broadchurch actress Olivia Colman.

Due to The Crown’s intention to portray Queen Elizabeth’s life over the span of multiple decades, the decision was made by series creator Peter Morgan to recast the roles in later seasons, rather than applying makeup to the show’s current actors, according to Variety.

“You can’t ask someone to act middle-aged,” Morgan told the outlet. “Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds. That informs everything we do.”

In seasons 1 and 2 — the latter of which premiered on Netflix in December — Princess Margaret is portrayed by Vanessa Kirby. Queen Elizabeth was played by Claire Foy.

This isn’t the first time Bonham Carter has starred in a regal role — the Harry Potter actress also played Princess Margaret’s mother, the original Queen Elizabeth (also known as the Queen Mother) in the Academy Award winning film, The King’s Speech.