The Crown Season 5-The Crown will live far longer than we had anticipated. Despite previous reports that the show's fifth season will be it's final, Netflix has announced that the series would continue beyond Season 5. The main concern, though, is that fans will have to wait longer than normal for it to return due to coronavirus-related delays.
Despite the delays, Netflix has already started naming members of the new royal cast. (Like Claire Foy and Matt Smith in Seasons 1 and 2, Olivia Colman and her co-stars will be replaced by new actors in Seasons 5 and 6.) Here's everything we know about the second season of The Crown, including who will star in it and when it will air.
Season 5 of The Crown will air in November 2022.
A report from the set of Netflix's The Crown has been revealed, along with a potential premiere month. Imelda Staunton announces herself as the show's next Queen Elizabeth in footage from the streamer's Tulum fan event while paying respect to former queens Olivia Colman and Claire Foy.
“We look forward to delivering you the second season of The Crown in November 2022,” she said on behalf of the cast and crew.
The first official photographs of Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West as Diana and Charles have been released by Netflix.
In the new season, Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West play Princess Diana and Prince Charles, respectively. We get our first peek at them in character now.
Debicki can be seen reclining on a sofa with a faint grin on her face in two new official stills from The Crown's fifth season, while West is dressed in a classic Prince Charles–Esque brown suit and has a worried demeanour.
Onset, Claudia Harrison plays Princess Anne.
It's official: a new Princess Anne is on the way. Claudia Harrison was caught on set dressed as Princess Anne while filming a scene with Imelda Staunton, her costar and onscreen mother. Harrison is dressed in a traditional Anne costume, complete with a casual navy parka, big sunglasses, a hair scarf, and her characteristic bouffant hairstyle, in the latest photos.
Queen Elizabeth has a remarkable resemblance to Imelda Staunton.
We had to do a double-take when Netflix published the first glimpse at Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II. Staunton is dressed as the reigning queen in a pale yellow gown and sporting the royal's distinctive coiffed locks in a new still from the forthcoming fifth season.
Photos of Staunton filming on-site surfaced a few days later, displaying her stunning metamorphosis into the queen even more. She's pictured below on a boat wearing a green-and-turquoise ensemble with a matching cap, emulating the monarch's hallmark style.
Season 5 of The Crown begins production in July, although it will not air until 2022.
Variety verified with The Crown's producers that production for the fifth season will begin in July. Even as lockdown restrictions in the United Kingdom begin to lift, filming will take place at the traditional Elstree Studios, just north of London, and is likely to adhere to rigorous COVID-19 rules.
According To Independent Loud, Season 5 is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2022, according to Deadline. Production began this summer. The coronavirus epidemic, on the other hand, was not to blame for the delay. The break was pre-planned all along.
Following the release of Season 4 last autumn, fans will have to wait almost a year for the next instalment. Of course, this isn't the first time The Crown has taken a long sabbatical; between Seasons 2 and 3, there was a two-year gap as well.
After all, this isn't the final season.
Despite Netflix's announcement in January 2020 that The Crown's fifth season would be it's final, the streaming service stated months later that the series will get one more chapter.
“As we discussed the plots for Series 5, it became evident that to do credit to the story's richness and complexity, we needed to go back to the original concept and do six seasons,” Peter Morgan said in a statement.
Season 6 is set to take the plot into the early 2000s, therefore Season 5 might cover the late 1990s, according to Variety, although this has yet to be verified.
From the beginning, The Crown was supposed to endure six seasons. “The aim is to do this over six decades, in six seasons probably, and produce the complete programme over eight to ten years,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief of content, said in 2016 when the show first aired.
In October 2019, programme creator Peter Morgan inked a large overall agreement with Netflix, further solidifying Sarandos' strategy. According to Deadline, the deal would include two further seasons of The Crown after Season 4. We're back to Plan A after all the back and forth.
The queen will be played by Imelda Staunton.
After the first two seasons, the cast was updated, and by the time Season 5 arrives, the show is doing the same. After Olivia Colman's reign as Queen Elizabeth II ends, Imelda Staunton, a Harry Potter actress, will take over.
The streaming service first denied the claims in November 2019, but two months later confirmed the news. “I am pleased to be joining such an extraordinary creative team and to be carrying The Crown to its conclusion,” Staunton said in a statement.
Princess Margaret will be played by Lesley Manville.
Lesley Manville will play the queen's younger sister in The Crown's final season, taking place for Helena Bonham Carter, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her depiction of Princess Margaret. Love Life, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, The Queen, and Another Year are among the British actress's credits, which include an Oscar nomination for her supporting performance in 2017's Phantom Thread.
“I'm overjoyed to be portraying Princess Margaret,” Manville stated of the regal part. “Two powerful actresses are passing the torch to me, and I don't want to let the team down. Furthermore, it will be a genuine thrill to play siblings with my wonderful friend Imelda Staunton.”
Prince Philip will be played by Jonathan Pryce.
Following Tobias Menzies' departure as the Duke of Edinburgh, Pryce will join Staunton and Manville in a formidable starring three for The Crown's last two seasons. While the actor is perhaps best known for his Oscar-nominated role in The Two Popes, fans of Game of Thrones (remember the High Sparrow? ), The Wife, Tomorrow Never Dies, Evita and The Pirates of the Caribbean may also recognise him.
Princess Diana will be played by Elizabeth Debicki.
The part of Princess Diana will be taken over by Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, who will succeed Emma Corrin. In the final two seasons of The Crown, Debicki will portray the Princess of Wales.
Debicki had already made a reputation for herself in Hollywood with appearances in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Great Gatsby, Widows, The Night Manager, and both Peter Rabbit films, but Corrin was a relative unknown when she was recruited to play the legendary princess. Her most recent film appearance was in Christopher Nolan's Tenet.
In a statement, Debicki said of her casting, “Princess Diana's energy, her words, and her acts live in the hearts of so many.” “It is a great honour and honour for me to be a part of this amazing series, which has had me completely engrossed since the first episode.”
Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana in the final two seasons of The Crown (Seasons 5 and 6). pic.twitter.com/Z3CjHuJ56B
— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) August 16, 2020
According to reports, Dominic West is in discussions to play Prince Charles.
The Prince of Wales will be played by West, who is best known for his appearances in The Wire and The Affair.
For the remaining two seasons of The Crown, West will portray Charles, opposite Debicki as Princess Diana. He'll take up the position from Josh O'Connor.
Variety and Deadline were the first to report on West's casting.
A young Prince William will be played by Dominic West's real-life son.
Senan West, the 13-year-old son of the actor who will portray Prince Charles in the series' final seasons, will play Prince William, according to Variety. According to the publication, Senan “has been cast as a little older” version of the royal heir and will make his appearance in the last episodes of Season 5.
Prime Minister John Major will be played by Jonny Lee Miller.
Following Gillian Anderson's performance as Margaret Thatcher in Season 4, Jonny Lee Miller will play John Major, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1997. Previously, he appeared in shows such as Elementary (as Sherlock Holmes) and Dexter, as well as films such as Trainspotting and on Flux.
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Princess Diana's famous interview is said to be part of the plot.
Princess Diana's bombshell interview with the BBC show Panorama, in which she addressed the aftermath of her marriage to Prince Charles, his connection with Camilla Parker Bowles, and her feeling ignored by the royal institution, according to Deadline. Her famous comment from the sit-down is, “There were three of us in this marriage.”
In recent months, an investigation revealed that unethical techniques were employed to gain Diana's cooperation in the 1997 interview, conducted by BBC journalist Martin Bashir.
Princess Diana's “revenge dress” scene was captured for the exhibition.
Season 5 will focus on Princess Diana's appearance at a Serpentine Gallery event in London in June 1994, where she wore the famed “revenge dress,” according to new set photos. Debicki is seen exiting from a car and greeting people in the photos.
On the same night that Prince Charles publicly revealed in a TV documentary that he had been unfaithful in their marriage, the Princess of Wales wore a black off-the-shoulder dress by Christina Stambolian. The attire, which defied royal dress regulations, made headlines across the country, earning it the moniker “revenge dress.”
Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry were all featured in holiday sequences in the series.
Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Princess Diana, was seen by photographers in mid-October on a Mediterranean vacation with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry, who were played by Timothee Sambor and Teddy Hawley, respectively. The family was seen on a yacht in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, with Dominic West portraying Prince Charles. The sequence appears to be based on a royal family vacation to Italy in 1991, barely a year before the Prince and Princess of Wales divorced.
Princess Diana's final public appearance will take place in Season 5.
For The Crown's fifth season, new paparazzi images show Elizabeth Debicki replicating one of Princess Diana's final public appearances.
Princess Diana, a supporter of the English National Ballet, saw a performance of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall on June 3, 1997, barely two months before her death. She was wearing a beautiful baby blue dress made by Jacques Azagury at the moment, as well as matching satin Jimmy Choo shoes.
Debicki portrays the late monarch in a similar shimmering blue ensemble in the shot, albeit the garment isn't an exact reproduction.
Instead, Debicki's rendition of the costume appears to be more similar to one worn by the Princess of Wales at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park in June 1995. Catherine Walker then developed the embroidered halter-top dress.