All hail the next Queen Elizabeth II?
Imelda Staunton, who played Dolores Umbridge in “Harry Potter” and Maud Bagshaw in the “Downton Abbey” film, is likely poised to take over the role of the queen in “The Crown,” according to Daily Mail.
Staunton, 63, will reportedly pick up the role from Colman, 45, for Seasons 5 and 6 of the hit Netflix series.
However, a spokesperson for Netflix tells The Post that nothing has been decided yet. “We are currently filming Season 4 of ‘The Crown,’ but have not commissioned any further seasons as yet, therefore any news on casting remains pure speculation,” the rep says.
The speculation comes less than a week after the premiere of Season 3, which features a new cast, including Colman, Tobias Menzies and Helena Bonham Carter. The same cast will stay for Season 4, which is set to air in late 2020.
Daily Mail reports Staunton will play the queen from her mid-60s on.
Claire Foy, 35, played the part for Seasons 1 and 2.
Staunton began her career as a stage actress in the UK in the 1970s. She was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 2005 for her performance in the film “Vera Drake.” Her long list of credits also includes “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” and many more. Staunton is also set to play the lead role in “Hello, Dolly!” in the West End next year.
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