The Crown: Helena Bonham Carter Cast as Princess Margaret

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Helena Bonham Carter has officially joined The Crown Season 3 as Princess Margaret. 

Netflix confirmed the news on Thursday morning after months of speculation. 

“I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about: Doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret,” Carter said in a statement.

Helena Bonham Carter

“The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter (than Vanessa).”

Vanessa Kirby played Princess Margaret in the royal drama's first two seasons. Kirby ignited the rumors that Carter would be assuming the role earlier this year with a picture on Instagram. 

Vanessa Kirby Instagram

"Honoured @thecrownnetflix," the actress captioned the above photo. 

Carter is a seasoned actress who has appeared in a string of hits, but she is probably most well-known for her roles as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter movies. 

As previously reported, The Crown is changing the cast for Season 3 because it will be moving significantly forward in time. 

Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman will succeed Clare Foy as Queen Elizabeth, while Tobias Menzies will succeed Matt Smith as Philip. 

It's a risky move replacing all of the leads, but it makes sense to do so.

Related: Olivia Colman to Succeed Claire Foy on The Crown!

Netflix has also revealed that Jason Watkins has joined the cast as the former prime minister Harold Wilson.

A premiere date has still not been confirmed for Season 3. The first two seasons debuted in November and December respectively. 

What do you think of this exciting casting news? 

Do you think Helena will be a worthy successor to Vanessa Kirby?

Hit the comments with your thoughts!

You can stream the first two seasons of The Crown on Netflix right now!

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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