The nerve-wracking drama has been happening in the royal family lately. From Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from their autocratic roles and shift to California, to Andrew’s association with Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein; —fans of The Crown are eagerly waiting for a season that might be set in the modern-day.
Unfortunately, for fans of the royal drama, it seems that the series won’t make it all the way to 2021. However, the critically acclaimed series will be having a few more chapters. Here’s what we know so far about the much-awaited season five.
Morgan Has Been Dicey on How Long The Show Will Run!
In January of 2020, he affirmed that season five would be the final showdown of the series. “At the outset, I had intended for The Crown to run for six seasons. However, now that we have begun work on the chapters for season five it has become evident to me that this is the perfect time and place to put a stop,” Morgan told, per the Hollywood Reporter. “I’m thankful to Sony and Netflix for supporting me in this decision.” However, now, it seems the original plan to run for six seasons is ready to be set in motion.
“As we began to discuss the storylines for season five, it soon became pretty evident that in order to do justice to the complexity and vastness of the story we should heed back to the original plan and do six shows as intended,” Morgan said in July. He confirmed this news alongside Netflix to the Hollywood Reporter.
Cindy Holland, who is the VP of Netflix’s original content also commented: “The Crown keeps on highering up the bar with each new season. We are super excited for audiences to see the upcoming fifth season. Furthermore, we’re proud to support Peter’s vision along with the phenomenal crew and cast for the final sixth season.”
But When Would It Premiere?
Deadline has affirmed that the show is taking a brief break. Furthermore, they hinted that filming won’t pick back up until this summer. Variety also later confirmed that shooting will begin in July. This means that the new chapters won’t air until 2022. This is all due to major complications that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused. According to the publication, “the break has always been a crucial part of The Crown’s filming schedule and is not remotely linked to the coronavirus pandemic. However, sources acknowledged that the virus indeed did play its role.”
Who Will Be in The Cast?
Morgan fully recast the show before the launch of season three. Furthermore, it seems like it will once again give it a complete overhaul exclusively for seasons five and six. Imelda Staunton will be replacing Olivia Colman for the role of Queen Elizabeth. “I have loved streaming The Crown from the very start,” Staunton expressed to the Hollywood Reporter.
“As an actress, it was an utter delight to see how both Olivia Colman and Claire Foy brought something unique and special to Peter Morgan’s scripts. I am deeply honored to be joining such an amazingly creative team and to be taking The Crown to its end.”
On BBC radio’s Woman’s Hour, Staunton also confirmed that she will have an “extra hurdle” enacting the British monarch. “I think my sort of extra hurdle as if I needed it, is that I’m now playing the Queen that we’re all a little more than familiar with,” she said. “Furthermore, with Claire Foy, it was almost like school history. Now I’m playing one that might make people say ‘she’s not like that,’ ‘she doesn’t do that,’ and that’s my own bête noire.”
Morgan has expressed that he is “absolutely thrilled” that Staunton, who most recently was spotted in the Downton Abbey film adaptation alongside her husband Jim Carter. He will be soon joining the cast, and “will take The Crown into the 21st Century.”
Furthermore, Colman is curious to see her take on the part. He admitted that Staunton has “already got a much superior walk than him.” In a recent press conference, Colman also gave his best wishes to Staunton. Furthermore, she recently shared that she’s “quite happy” to be leaving the royal character behind.
As per Radio Times, during a virtual conversation played by Mountview Theatre of Academy of Arts, Colman expressed his difficulties of playing a real character on screen.
“It is just because that behind closed doors, we have no idea what she’s like,” she said. “I had a little bit of itch, if you call that, with that. But definitely… the toughest part I’ve done is portraying someone who’s real. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m quite happy since I am able to move on to something else.”
Season 5 Updated
In season five, the role of Princess Margaret will be enacted by Leslie Manville. “As an actor, it was a delight to witness how both Olivia Colman and Claire Foy brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts,” she said. “I am greatly pleased to be joining such an exceptional production team and to be taking The Crown to its end.” Helena B. Carter, who has played the character of Princess in seasons three and four is pleased to join the infamous proverbial baton.
“It’s just like handing a baton. All of it feels like a relay race, however, it never comes back,” she said. “I want to hand her my cigarette cup and say, ‘Good luck with it.’ That would be funny, wouldn’t it?”
Prince Philip will be portrayed by Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes, Game of Thrones), succeeding Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies. Furthermore, Elizabeth Dabicki (The Great Gatsby, Tenet) will play Princess Diana.
“Princess Diana’s spirit, her script, and her actions live in the minds and hearts of so many,” she said. “It is my true honor and privilege to be joining this one-of-a-kind series, which has had me absolutely astonished from episode one.”
Since then, even though she admitted that she’s “scared” to play the royal icon. “It’s a dream come true for me. She is such a remarkable person and she really does still reside in the hearts of so many people,” she told the Mirror. “I’m super delighted, I’m terrified and I’m happy. I can’t wait to begin.”
What Will The Season Be About?
Morgan has said that “season six will not talk much about the present-day. It will simply enable us to witness the same old period in greater detail.” The Hollywood Reporter also affirmed that the tale will end in the 2000s. However, as of now, it’s unclear exactly how the timeline will be distributed between seasons five and six. Certainly, though, Princess Diana’s demise will play a key role in the series at some point or another.
Furthermore, if the show does zoom toward the present, in the latest interview with James Corden, Prince Harry said that he’d like Damian Lewis to portray his character.
Andrew Morton’s ‘Biography’ Reveal for Season 5
Morton published a groundbreaking biography in 1992 of Princess Diana. Though it was unknown at the time, Diana was also involved in the writing of Diana: Her True Story. Furthermore, she secretly recorded tapes, which were later used by Morton to share her life story. Morton told revealed to Insider that season five would also play the recording of those tapes.