The Crown, another one of Netflix’s hit TV series, just aired Season 4. The show focused on Diana, Prince Charles, and Margaret Thatcher. It’s so popular that there is already intel about season 5 and there is a lot to anticipate in it.
For instance, who would play the new Princess Diana, Princess Margaret, and Prince Philip? In this article, we will discuss everything there is to know about Crown Season 5.
How it came about
In November 2016, Ted Sarandos, the Netflix content chief stated that the Crown would span over six decades. However, in January 2020, Deadline reported that the show’s season 5 would be the last one.
That changed again when in July 2020, the creator Peter Morgan, confirmed that the show would return for the sixth season. The reason behind this was to explore the life of the royals in more detail. The period would not change, the same period would be covered in more detail.
The Crown Season 5 – Casting
It’s time to see some new faces playing the same roles. So who made it to season 5 of The Crown?
Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II
Rumors of Imelda Staunton playing the role of Queen Elizabeth II made waves in November 2019. However, the news were confirmed in January 2019.
According to the creator Morgan, “I’m absolutely thrilled to confirm Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty the Queen for the fifth and final season, taking The Crown into the 21st century.” Imelda is also thrilled to star in this series as she loved watching it on Netflix.
Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret
In July 2020, Netflix announced that Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret. The actress is thrilled to take on that role and star alongside her friend Imelda Staunton. She was asked in one of her interviews if she would ever have considered turning down the role. However, the role was just too enticing for her to say no.
Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip
In August 2020, Deadline stated that Jonathan Pryce, the actor in The Two Popes and The Wife, will play Prince Philip for seasons 5 and 6. Pryce reported that he was thrilled to work with Netflix again, and he was looking forward to tackling the daunting role of Prince Philip.
Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana
A new Princess Diana will be coming to the Netflix screen following Emma Corrin’s one season role. Debicki, who acted in The Night Manager and The Great Gatsby will play the role in Season 5 and 6, as confirmed by the Crown on Twitter. Debicki is honored to take on the role and is looking forward to joining the series.
Dominic West as Prince Charles
After Josh O’ Connor, who played the role of Prince Charles in seasons 3 and 4, Dominic West is going to take on the role.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Here is the twist: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are probably not going to be covered in the Crown. The show’s executive producer Suzanne Mackie stated that the show might never get to the present day. Morgan also wants to see the impact of Meghan Markle, but that will take 20 years or more. So there is very little chance of seeing the couple on the show.
The Crown Season 5 Timeline
There is nothing on the timeline of Season 5. Season 4 ended in 1990, the same year that Thatcher was ousted from being the Prime Minister. It is not yet clear which direction the show will go.
However, Deadline reports that Season 6 will end somewhere in the early 2000s. It will cover the relationship between Prince William and Kate Middleton during their college days. Rumor has it that it might even cover the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but no one knows for sure.
Furthermore, a lot of major events took place between the years the 1990s to 2020s, so The Crown might just cover some of them. For instance, three major divorces took place including the divorce of Diana and Charles, Princess Anne and Mark Phillip, and the split between Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
In 1997, Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris. In 2002, Princess Margaret and the Queen’s mother passed away while Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Golden Jubilee. The three decades also saw various Prime Ministers including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and Boris Johnson.
Former cast members might still make an appearance
While The Crown recasts every 2 years to take into account the aging factor, it is entirely possible that the existing cast members will return to the screen. For instance, Foy does make an appearance in season 4 in the form of flashbacks, while John Lithgow appears in Season 3.
When Will The Crown Season 5 Air?
On to the big question. No official release date has been announced for season 5. However, Deadline reported that the new season would not premiere until 2022.
The production for the 5th season will not start until June 2021, while the filming for the sixth season will start in 2022. However, it is worth mentioning here that the production has not paused because of the Coronavirus. The production had been scheduled for June 2021 even before the Pandemic hit.
When will the trailer of The Crown Season 5 air?
To date, nothing has been said about the trailer for Season 5’s The Crown or when it will air. However, given the timelines of the previous seasons, we can say that the trailer and the promo of the show will air in the month leading up to the 2022 premiere.
For now, there is nothing new to watch about The Crown. What you can do is watch season 4 of the show, if you have not watched it already. If you have, you can choose to binge-watch the whole show on Netflix and get up to date with what is happening. It is worth watching the show and seeing how the modern royals live.