Dexter’s Michael C. Hall To Play JFK In The Crown Season 2
Dexter’s Michael C. Hall is going to be playing a very different character from the serial killer we know and love in his latest TV role. He’s landed the part of US President John F. Kennedy in Season 2 of Netflix’s The Crown it has been announced.
From Peter Morgan, writer of The Queen, Frost/Nixon and Rush, The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
The show was commisioned from the outset for 60 episodes over 6 seasons, with each season following a decade in the life of the Royal Family. Season 2 is set to start with Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and work through the 1960’s, ending with the downfall of PM Harold Macmillan.
According to the reports, Hall will be playing JFK as someone “most at home in front of a crowd – a natural leader and excellent public speaker who does not take kindly to being upstaged by anyone, especially his wife. Although Jackie’s accomplishments are perceived to be an asset to the president, JFK feels unmanned by his wife’s popularity. In public, he seeks revenge by flaunting his many infidelities and, behind closed doors, his jealousy surfaces in the form of anger and manipulation.”
Jackie Kennedy is being played by South African actress Jodi Balfour (Bomb Girls, Quarry), and is described as “a seemingly natural First Lady, but whose charming exterior of confidence and glamour hides a shy woman who loathes public life.”
It’s also been announced that Downton Abbey’s Matthew Goode will take on the role of Princess Margaret’s photographer husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon. ‘Tony’ is described as “a charming, passionate and avant-garde photographer who knows all the right people. His swinging sixties attitude is in stark contrast to the staid outlook of the palace that Princess Margaret is accustomed to.”
As we reported back in November, this will be the finale season with Claire Foy and Matt Smith as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip before they get switched out for a couple of (I’m sure, equally brilliant) older actors.
The Crown will return for Season 2 on Netflix later in the year.