Gillian Anderson Channels the Iron Lady in “The Crown” Season 4 Trailer

Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson)’s arrival in season 4 of The Crown is getting lots of folks very, very excited. For the members of the press who have seen screeners of The Crown season 4, there’s already consensus that she’s absolutely phenomenal as Margaret Thatcher.

In season 4’s official trailer, just released from Netflix, we’re treated to the dynamic that will be central to the series going forward—between Anderson’s indomitable Prime Minister and Olivia Colman’s steady, steely-eyed Queen Elizabeth.  The drama begins immediately, with Thatcher remarking that she and the Queen have enough respect for one another that they can “ask ourselves some of the bigger questions—woman to woman.” The Prime Minister goes on to point out that they’re just about exactly the same age, only six months separates them. “Oh,” the Queen replies, “and who is the senior?” Thatcher’s response? “I am. Now.”

Yeah, this is about all we need to see to know that The Crown‘s upcoming season has a very good chance of being the best yet. And that’s saying something for a show that’s been this consistently excellent. Watching Anderson and Colman square off as the two most consequential figures in the United Kingdom’s 20th Century is going to be a hoot.

Check out the trailer below. The Crown season 4 premieres on Netflix on November 15.

Here’s season 4’s synopsis from Netflix:

As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided.

Written by Peter Morgan, The Crown‘s fourth season also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies as The Duke of Edinburgh, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles, Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother, Georgie Glen as Lady Fermoy, Tom Byrne as Prince Andrew, Angue Imrie as Prince Edward, and Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten.

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Featured image: Margaret Thatcher (GILLIAN ANDERSON). Filming Location: Wrotham Park. Photo: Des Willie/Netflix.


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