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'The Crown' featurette explores the Netflix drama's lavish production

The cast and creators talk why the series needed its hefty price tag

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The Crown, Netflix’s upcoming period drama, has already made headlines for being the streaming giant’s most expensive production to date. It’s easy to see why: The series’ first season explores the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), following her from her marriage to Prince Philip (Matt Smith) in the late 1940s to the first years of her monarchy.

It’s a globe-hopping epic that, as the cast and creators explain in the featurette above, required beautiful costumes, intricate sets, and more to achieve the right look. “It needs scale, it needs the extras, it needs great costume design,” Smith says. “It needs wow-ness to it.”

Still, the team says The Crown isn’t just about its grand scope; instead, it explores the purpose of a monarchy in the modern era, allowing it to explore family dynamics as well. “What our series does is it strips [the mask of being royal] away,” Smith adds. “We get to see them be human and exposed.”

Watch the featurette above. The Crown premieres Nov. 4 on Netflix.