Netflix’s The Crown will return for a fifth season with new cast members, but it looks like it will be a while till air date.
The Crown is leading this year’s Emmy nominations with 24 nominations under their belt, including Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin battling it out for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Now that the public have been reminded how glorious of a TV show The Crown is, fans are eager for all the details of season 5 and unfortunately, we’ve got quite the wait.
On the bright side, Netflix is so kind to constantly update us with cast additions.
So, when is the historical drama back on our small screens with all-new additions?
Season 5’s new Royals
Imelda Staunton – Queen Elizabeth II
Netflix confirmed that Season 4 will be Olivia Colman’s last chapter on The Crown, with Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter) portraying Queen Elizabeth II in her later years. That’s not to say Olivia will never return, as we saw Claire Foy come back briefly during the latest season.
Imelda commented, “I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”
Lesley Manville – Princess Margaret
We bid farewell to Helena Bonham Carter, as Lesley Manville assumes the role of Princess Margaret for the remainder of The Crown.
The show won’t be her first period drama; she was previously received 8 nominations for film Phantom Thread in 2017, including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
In a statement to announce her casting, the 65-year-old said working with Imelda will be a “complete joy”.
Jonathan Pryce – Prince Philip
Jonathan Pryce will take over from Tobias Menzies as the late Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.
He is best known as the High Sparrow in Game of Thrones and his portrayal of Pope Francis in The Two Popes.
Elizabeth Debicki – Diana, Princess of Wales
Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki will be replacing Emma Corrin for the role of Princess Diana. Perhaps she’ll earn an Emmy nomination after her stint on the show?
Compared to Emma, Elizabeth has had much more experience in the industry with huge titles such as Tenet, The Night Manager and The Great Gatsby in her portfolio.
She might have her work cut out for her, especially if The Crown decides to spotlight Diana’s later life following up to her tragic passing.
Dominic West – Charles, Prince of Wales
Back in 2020, Deadline reported that Dominic West was in discussion of succeeding Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles. There still has been no official confirmation by Netflix.
Jonny Lee Miller – Prime Minister John Major
After Margaret Thatcher’s resignation in 1990, John Major succeeded her and will be portrayed by Jonny Lee Miller. Previously, the actor starred in CBS series Elementary, as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes and Dexter.
Season 5: Release date
Variety confirmed that production will commence in July 2021, meaning that fans will be without an episode of their favourite show this year. So, we expect The Crown to return in 2022.
Season 5: Plot Predications
With the introduction of John Major, the plot will undoubtedly unfold his office as Prime Minister, but we think there will be a lot of storytelling of Diana’s final years.
Season 6 will reportedly span over the early 2000s, so Season 5 will only cover events of the 1990s.
Deadline claims that the next chapter will retell Prince Diana’s interview with the BBC, where she discusses the failure of her marriage to Prince Charles and his relationship with now-wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
1992 saw Diana and Charles separation announcement, as well as the publication of her biography, Diana: Her True Story, by Andrew Morton – it was a bombshell release at the time because no royal had ever spoken in such a raw, unfiltered way about their marriage.
The fatal 1997 car crash may be a key event in The Crown, as we’ll get to see their take on the Royal Family’s reaction from the inside. Everyone involved in the accident died, except Diana’s bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones.