The Crown is now ready to start the filming of season 5. Despite multiple rumors surrounding the Netflix show about season 5 being the last season, the OTT streaming company confirmed that the series will in fact get another chapter. Though the biggest setback is that fans will have to wait longer than usual to return due to multiple postponements caused by the coronavirus-related pandemic. Deadline recently reported that the show might not return until early 2022. But, Netflix is dedicated to keeping fans glued by gradually handing out bits and pieces of news. Here’s what we know so far about The Crown Season 5.
New Cast to Add More Life into The Crown Season 5
The Crown is one of those unique shows where the cast changes as time passes but the characters remain the same. Seasons 1 and 2 of the show featured Claire Foy as the Young Queen Elizabeth II alongside Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Matt Smith as Prince Philip. As the time passed and characters aged, seasons 3 and 4, the roles of The Queen, Princess Margaret, and Prince Philip were passed on to Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tobias Menzies respectively. Seasons 3 and 4 also saw new additions like Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, and Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles (Prince Charles’ mistress). Now, as the show nears its end with seasons 5 and 6, the main cast has changed again.
Imelda Staunton As The Queen Elizabeth II
In the upcoming season, Olivia Colman has reportedly passed the baton to Imelda Staunton for The Queen’s role. The show will cover the events in Queen Elizabeth II and her family’s lives and England’s from early the 90s’ to early the 2000s’. The Oscar-nominated actor Imelda Staunton, best known for playing sickly sweet once-the headmistress-of-Hogwarts, Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter series, is ecstatic about her new role. In her official statement on Instagram, Staunton said.
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Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret
Taking over from the talented Helena Bonham Carter, who was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret in The Crown season 5 and 6. The Oscar nominee Manville is best known for her role in 2017’s Phantom Thread. She also has played iconic roles in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Love Life, The Queen, and Another Year. Expressing her joy for being able to play the regal role, Lesley Manville said in her official statement.
Jonathan Price as Prince Philip
While the UK is still reeling from the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, Jonathan Price has been chosen to play the role of the Queen’s late husband in The Crown Season 5 and 6. Naturally, it comes as no surprise that especially the British fans will be even more sensitive about the role this time. But, on the flipside, devoted fans of the royal family all over the world will once again be able to celebrate the life of Prince Philip through Jonathan Price. Luckily for fans, the role is in the capable hands of this Oscar-nominated Welsh actor, who is well-known for his roles in Game of Thrones, The Two Popes, The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Wife, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Evita. He said in this Netflix announcement.
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Elizabeth Debicki Replacing Emma Corrin as Princess Diana
Much to many fans’ disappointment, Elizabeth Debicki replaces Emma Corrin, who played Princess Diana in The Crown Season 4. The Australian actress has been making her name in Hollywood for her roles in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Great Gatsby, Widows, The Night Manager, and both Peter Rabbit movies. She recently was featured in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet as well.
John Lee Miller as Former Prime Minister Sir John Major
In a recent announcement, Netflix revealed that British actor John Lee Miller will be playing the role of Sir John Major, who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1997. The actor rose to prominence for his role of Simon Williamson in the film Trainspotting. His other prominent works include Elementary and The Flying Scotsman.
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Dominic West as Prince Charles has a connection with the Future King of Britain
British actor Dominic West, who has been featuring on the headlines of many gossip columns, has been in talks with Netflix and show creator Peter Morgan for the role of Prince Charles in The Crown season 5 and 6. We also found the actor has a unique connection to the real Prince Charles. Apparently, his wife, Catherine FitzGerald, who belongs to Irish Aristocracy, has been close acquaintance with the Prince owing to their shared interest in gardening.
She and West also are practically Prince Charles’ neighbors as they live 14 miles from his Highgrove country house. Apparently, Catherine, a landscape gardener by profession, did the redesign of Granville Garden at Hillsborough Castle, the Royal Family’s official residence in Northern Ireland. She met the Prince at Clarence House in September 2014 to discuss the project, and that meeting sparked their friendship.
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What will The Crown Season 5 be about?
The highlight of season 5 is likely to be Princess Diana’s shocking interview with BBC program Panorama, where she officially unveiled the fallout of her marriage with Prince Charles and his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. Apart from that, the show might cover many breakdowns of marriages in the family, such as the divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1996, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, and Princess Diana’s tragic death. Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth I both also passed away in 2002.
What are your expectations from The Crown season 5? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Until next time, Sayonara!
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