See Olivia Colman As Queen Elizabeth In 'The Crown'

Olivia Colman as HRH Queen Elizabeth from season 3 of The Crown on Netflix

The first image of Colman has now been shared, with production underway ahead of a 2019 season release, to Twitter with The Crown's official page captioning it "patience".

Lithgow, who was previously best known for his comedy role in 3rd Rock From The Sun, won an Emmy for his portrayal of the wartime leader in the show's first series.

The second season picked up in 1956 and continued through to 1963.

Coleman has said she is "thrilled" to take on the role, and has called her predecessor Foy "a real genius" and "an incredibly hard act to follow".

She added: "We [Olivia and husband Ed] are completely obsessed with The Crown anyway but whenever Claire Foy comes on he goes, "Oh, she's amazing".

Her Majesty the Queen has gotten a makeover. I was utterly gripped watching it.

Meanwhile Helena Bonham-Carter is replacing Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, adding yet more star power to an already loaded line-up. And, the role of Prince Philip will be played by Tobias Menzies.

Show-runner Peter Morgan is not giving anything away as to what will happen in the next series. I can't wait to see what she's done with it. Jason Watkins will join the cast at Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

Josh O'Connor (The Durrells) has been cast as Prince Charles, while Erin Doherty (Call the Midwife) will play Princess Anne. Josh O'Connor (God's Own Country) is a name that has been floating around, and if you've seen The Durrells in Corfu, you'll know how flawless that would be.

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