Over the course of the first four seasons of Peter Morgan's sprawling royal Netflix drama The Crown, the show has welcomed audiences around the world into one of the most notable, yet mysterious families in modern history. And now that everyone has been given a chance to binge the show's fourth season, some out there are probably wondering what's going on with The Crown Season 5.
We are still quite some time away from seeing how The Crown handles some of the biggest scandals and momentous occasions of the final decade of the 20th Century, but with a whole new cast of actors and so many historic events to cover, there's doubt about it, the penultimate season of the critically acclaimed and beloved drama will be just as great as it has been in the past. Here's everything we know about The Crown Season 5.
The Crown Season 5 Is Set To Premiere In 2022
Longtime fans of The Crown won't be surprised to read this, but we won't see the show's fifth season for two years, which is customary for the show considering the habit of replacing the cast (more on that later) every two seasons. In July 2020, it was reported that The Crown Season 5 wouldn't return to Netflix until 2022. And based on the release dates of the previous four chapters in the drama series, it probably won't be until November or December 2022 before we pick up where things left off for Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and the rest of the royals we have come to love and loathe since the show's 2016 debut.
Production On The Crown Season 5 Is To Get Underway In June 2021
In order to get everything ready for the fall 2022 premiere of The Crown Season 5, Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind the award-winning Netflix drama, will start shooting at some point in June 2021. In a Deadline report published in July 2020, it was noted that the two-year break between seasons, and the decision to not shoot until next summer, had nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic and more so to do with the show's way of splitting things up into two seasons with extended breaks between those chunks. Plus, they have to get the new cast prepared for what awaits them down the road.
The Crown Season 5 Will Have A New Cast
Just as was the case with The Crown Season 3 when it first aired in November 2019, the show's return for Season 5 in 2022 will feature an entirely new cast. This method has worked out tremendously for the show in the past with both versions of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy and Olivia Colman) taking home a Golden Globe.
Here's who will be taking over when the show returns.
Imelda Staunton Will Be Playing Queen Elizabeth
Word of Imelda Staunton being hired as the third and final actress to portray Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown started circulating shortly after Season 3 first aired on Netflix in November 2019. At first a rumor, the hiring became official in January 2020 when it was revealed that the woman behind Harry Potter's Delores Umbridge would be playing the the sovereign in the show's final two seasons.
Elizabeth Debicki Will Be Playing Princess Diana
Elizabeth Debicki, who was last seen playing Kat in Christopher Nolan's Tenet, was brought on in August 2020 to take over the role Princess Diana in The Crown's final two seasons, a character brought to life by Emma Corrin in the most recent chapter. Debicki has also been featured in movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Great Gatsby, and Widows throughout her career.
Dominic West Will Be Playing Prince Charles
Dominic West has been rather busy since leaving his beat on the HBO crime saga The Wire in 2008, and he'll soon be even busier after being cast as Prince Charles in the final two seasons of The Crown. The actor will pick up where Josh O'Connor left off as the show enters one of the most trying and tragic times in the royal family's history.
Jonathan Price Will Be Playing Prince Philip
First there was Matt Smith, then Tobias Menzies, and now veteran actor Jonathan Pryce will take on the role of Prince Philip in The Crown's final stretch. Pryce, who has appeared on Game of Thrones and a number of movies like The Two Popes and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in recent years, was hired to play the Duke of Edinburgh in August 2020 and will make his debut when Season 5 airs in 2022.
Lesley Manville Will Be Playing Princess Margaret
Lesley Manville, who most recently appeared in the Kevin Costner thriller Let Him Go, has been hired to take over the role of Princess Margaret following Helena Bonham Carter's portrayal in the past two seasons. It was revealed in July 2020 that Oscar-nominated actress was cast as the Queen's younger sister.
The Crown Season 5 Will No Longer Be The Final Chapter Of The Royal Drama
At the start of 2020, it looked like The Crown Season 5 would be the final chapter in the royal saga, but in July, Netflix announced on its UK & Ireland Twitter account that the show would stick with its original plan of being told over the course of six seasons. This means that just like with the previous two two-season chunks of the show, we will see the recently hired cast of actors take on their royal counterparts until 2023. At the time of the announcement, Peter Morgan explained that although he thought the story could be wrapped up with Season 5, there was just too much to cover for one season.
The Crown Season 5 Will Most Likely Pick Up In The Early '90s
It has to be confirmed the exact years that will be covered in The Crown Season 5, but if we go off of previous seasons, we should pick back up with Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family in the show's version of the early '90s when it returns in 2022. Season 1 took place between 1947 and late 1955, Season 2 focused on events between 1956 and 1964, Season 3 showed the royals from 1964 to 1977, and Season 4 picked up in 1979 and left things off in 1990. And with the start of the Gulf War in 1990, which led to the Queen becoming the first British Monarch to address the United States Congress, that would be a perfect place to start.
It Remains Unknown How Far Into The '90s The Season Will Go
How far into the '90s The Crown Season 5 will go remains to be seen, especially considering Elizabeth Debicki has been hired to portray Princess Diana in Season 6 as well. This means the show most likely won't include the tragic death of the Princess of Wales in 1997, unless she is used in flashbacks. Either way, the final decade of '90s was a difficult time for the royal family and most of it will make for must-watch television.
There is still a lot of time before production begins on The Crown Season 5, and even longer before the episodes premiere on Netflix. That being said, a lot can change between then and now, so make sure to check back for all the latest information here at CinemaBlend.