Netflix’s biographical reimagining of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign has returned for a fourth chapter and depicts one of the most turbulent eras of the British royal family. Throughout The Crown‘s latest run, the story of Lady Diana Spencer and a Margaret Thatcher-led political landscape will surely captivate viewers once again, leaving many yearning for the next string of episodes. Thankfully, show creator Peter Morgan has confirmed a fifth series is indeed on the way, and here’s everything we know about The Crown Season 5 so far.
What Is The Crown Season 5 Release Date?
Unfortunately, a release date for The Crown Season 5 is yet to be announced. As Variety reported in May, production on the Netflix epic’s fifth series doesn’t begin until July 2021, in London. So, it’s safe to assume season 5 won’t be arriving on the streaming service until 2022 at the earliest.
What’s The Plot Of The Crown Season 5?
The Crown Series 5 is expected to center on the lives of the British royal family between the ’90s and early ’00s. As Cosmopolitan reports, standout moments likely to be covered include the Queen’s speech on the 40th anniversary of her succession in 1992, a year she famously described as her “annus horribilis.” The breakdown of several royal marriages is also expected to be heavily featured, including Prince Andrew’s separation from Sarah Ferguson, Princess Anne’s split from Captain Mark Phillips, and Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1996 divorce.
The publication of Diana’s controversial tell-all book, Diana: Her True Story, published in 1992, will presumably also be included. As will the explosive interview Princess Diana gave to Martin Bashir on BBC One’s Panorama, where she famously spoke about Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, saying, “There were three of us in the marriage.” Per RadioTimes, the death of the Princess of Wales, which tragically occurred in 1997, will also be included.
As for those hoping to see a dramatization of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal family exit, series creator Peter Morgan confirmed that wouldn’t be happening. Morgan told Entertainment Weekly, “I know how my show is going to end — but that’s long before where we are now,” adding, “Let’s wait 20 years and see what there is to say about Meghan Markle. I don’t know what there is to say about Meghan Markle at the moment. I wouldn’t know, and I wouldn’t presume.”
Even so, should Morgan change his mind, Harry’s already got a casting suggestion when it comes to his fictional counterpart. In an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Harry told the talk show host that he’d like Billions actor Damien Lewis to portray him in a forthcoming season. “I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing stories written about my family, my wife, or myself. That is obviously fiction, take it how you will, but this is being reported on as fact because you are supposedly news. I have a real issue with that,” Harry told Corden.
Who’s In The Cast Of The Crown Season 5?
The Crown‘s ever-changing cast will continue to evolve in the dramatization’s fifth season. Those confirmed to be joining the series include Oscar-nominated actor Lesley Manville, who will replace Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. Additionally, Jonathan Pryce will take over the role of Prince Philip from Tobias Menzies, The Night Manager‘s Elizabeth Debicki will replace Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, and Dominic West is expected to join the series as Prince Charles, taking over for Josh O’Connor. Queen Elizabeth II, currently portrayed by Academy Award winner Olivia Colman, will be portrayed by Imelda Staunton. Finally, RadioTimes reported on April 30 that Camilla Parker Bowles would be played by Olivia Williams (The Father), taking over for Oscar winner Emerald Fennell. Netflix is yet to comment on Williams’s casting.
Per Town and Country, Debicki previously gave a statement expressing her excitement about joining The Crown cast for the final seasons. In her statement, she said, “Princess Diana’s spirit, her words, and her actions live in the hearts of so many. It is my true privilege and honor to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.”
As well as plenty of replacements to reflect the time shift, the show will also welcome a new character in the form of John Major, the British politician who ran the country between 1990 and 1997. He succeeded Margaret Thatcher, who was played by Gillian Anderson on The Crown. Taking on the role of Major is Jonny Lee Miller, who has previously starred in the likes of Trainspotting and Elementary. The news was confirmed via a Tweet from The Crown’s official page.
The Crown‘s fifth run had previously been confirmed to be the show’s last. However, Morgan later announced the Netflix drama would instead air for a total of six seasons. “As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” the show creator clarified in a statement. “To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”
The Crown Seasons 1-4 are available to stream on Netflix.
Reporting by Sam Ramsden, Jack Irvin, and Candace Cordelia Smith.
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