The Crown is one of Netflix's most successful TV series so far, rating 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.7/10 on IMDb and 94% on Google Reviews.
Released in 2016 and running for four intriguing seasons, The Crown focuses on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II since the 1940s when she married Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Like the first and third seasons, season 5 of the historical drama series will feature a new cast to play the novelties, including recasting the role of Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II.
Find out all there is to know about The Crown's upcoming season, inclusive of its release date.
Season 6 Could be the Show’s Finale
Peter Morgan, The Crown's producer, issued a statement following news of Queen Elizabeth II's death on September 8 2022. He paid tribute to her majesty and said that the show would wrap up after its sixth season out of respect for the late monarch.
Season 6 will see the Queen’s reign into the 21st century.
What’s the Status of ‘The Crown’ Season 5?
The fourth season focused on the marriage between Prince Charles and Princess Diana, ending with the royalties’ seemingly rosy marriage facing jeopardy.
The fifth season is expected to center around the royal family’s early 1990s experiences, generally perceived to be the lowest point for the British monarch.
Imelda Staunton Plays Queen Elizabeth II in Season 5
News about Imelda Staunton’s role as the late Queen began spreading a year ago. Netflix dropped a brief video of the actress, camouflaged as the Queen delivering a message from the set of The Crown season 5.
The Harry Potter alum takes over the iconic role from Olivia Colman, who portrayed the monarch in seasons three and four. Colman’s groundbreaking performance in The Crown earned her several awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award, among others.
Staunton mentioned that she was honoured to be playing the role. “It was a joy to see Olivia Colman and Claire Foy bring uniqueness to Peter Morgan’s scripts. I am genuinely humbled to be part of an exceptional creative team and steering The Crown to its conclusion.”
The English actress admitted on BBC radio talk show Woman's Hour that she'll have an extra challenge portraying the public figure. 'My challenge is depicting the Queen that we're now familiar with. With Claire Foy (who played young Queen Elizabeth II in the series' first two seasons), it was history. But I'm now playing a version that people could point out, 'she doesn't act like that' or 'she's not like that.'
Elizabeth Debicki plays Princess Diana in Season 5
Elizabeth Debicki will step into the skin of the late Princess of Wales in the show's fifth season, taking over from 26-year-old Emma Corrin. The British actress gave an outstanding performance in season four, accolading her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Television Series Drama along with a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series.
Debicki, who played the gold empress in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, expressed her excitement to be portraying the role of the late icon. 'Princess Diana's spirit, actions and words reside in the hearts of many. I am privileged and honored to be playing her in this masterful series, which has reeled me since the first episode.”
Dominic West Plays Prince Charles in Season 5
British actor Josh O'Connor portrayed the young Prince of Wales in the show's third and fourth seasons. Dominic West takes over the role in the upcoming season, and recently expressed his disbelief to be cast as the Prince, now King of the monarch.
West remarked that he looks nothing like Charles III, considering he had met him personally. But the show explained that they weren't looking for imitation. He told MailOnline, “It’s quite challenging depicting a person who is extremely famous and recognizable.”
His 14-year-old son Senan West joins him on the cast list as Prince William.
Other Cast Members for ‘The Crown’ Season 5
More stars to take roles in the upcoming season include but are not limited to the following: Jonathan Pryce as Prince Phillip, Queen Elizabeth II's spouse, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Johnny Lee Miller as John Mayor, the Prime Minister from 1990-1997, Marcia Warren as The Queen Mother.
Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Charles' lover, Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne, Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed, Diana's lover, Salim Daw as Mohamed Al-Fayed, Dodi Fayed’s father and Bertie Carvel as Tony Blair, the Prime Minister from 1997-2007.
‘The Crown’ Season 5 Premiere Date
The fifth season of The Crown is set to premiere on Wednesday, November 9 2022. We'll keep you posted with more updates, including the upcoming season's trailer.