Helena Bonham Carter in Talks to Play Princess Margaret on "The Crown"

Wendy Jensen
January 6, 2018

'Tis been reported that Helena Bonham Carter - patron saint of quirky girls everywhere - is now in talks to take over the role of Princess Margaret (formerly portrayed by Vanessa Kirby) in Season 3 and 4.

For Carter, playing a member of the royal family is not entirely new territory.

If the critical raves surrounding the first two seasons of The Crown weren't enough to get you to watch, maybe the casting of Helena Bonham Carter will. The Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland star will take over the role from Vanessa Kirby, who played Margaret in the first two seasons.

Netflix                   Vanessa Kirby has played Princess Margaret for two seasons
Netflix Vanessa Kirby has played Princess Margaret for two seasons

Carter's most notable roles include an Oscar-nominated turn in Tom Hooper's The King's Speech opposite Colin Firth and an unforgettable character in David Fincher's Fight Club opposite Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and Vanessa Kirby- and Matthew Goode-will be replaced in Season 3 by older actors.

It will also introduce audiences to Camilla Shand, who met Prince Charles at polo match in 1971; the couple dated until Charles left for a naval posting in 1973.

This post contains mild spoilers for The Crown's second season.

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Bonham Carter has plenty of interesting material to work with for Season 3, which will likely take place from the end of the 1960s to the end of the '70s. "I've morphed into someone far better-looking than I". In Season 2, she transforms into a free-spirited bohème of sorts-as free-spirited as a British princess can be, anyway-romancing an enigmatic photographer and flitting about in glamorous attire.

As time passes on screen and the royals continue to age, new actors are being cast to replace the younger stars - and one of those new actors may be Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

"I had to stop because I just didn't want to ever [play the end]", she said.

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Lord knows she can already hold a cigarette like Margaret.

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