Netflix’s fan-favorite show “The Crown” is left with two more seasons – 5 and 6. In the article below, we look at what fans can expect, from a different cast for both seasons, to the date when filming will resume, and much more.
Peter Morgan is the creator of the series “The Crown” which follows the reign of the British Royal, Queen Elizabeth II. According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” the main cast for season 5 and 6 has already been chosen.
Filming is set to resume next year but new actors will be taking over for seasons 3 and 4. In the past seasons, Olivia Colman played Queen Elizabeth II, while Tobias Menzies took the role of Prince Philip, and actress Helena Bonham Carter featured as Princess Margaret.
QUEEN'S JUBILEE & WILLIAM’S MARRIAGE
Morgan plans on telling the Queen’s story up until her 2012 Diamond Jubilee. The event was the first celebration of its kind since Queen Victoria's one which was held in 1897.
The monarch is set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, and 70 years on the throne, in 2022. Cutting the show off in 2012 means Prince William and Duchess Kate’s wedding will feature in the storyline.
HARRY & MEGHAN’S STORYLINE
However, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s relationship, marriage, and departure from the Royal Family won’t be included. Explaining his thinking, in a previous “Top 5” podcast interview, Morgan said:
"You need at least a decade, in my view, to separate yourself from the events that you’re writing about."
FILMING THE FIFTH SEASON
“The Crown” will start filming its upcoming fifth season in June 2021, however, it won’t air until sometime in 2022, season 6 will start production in 2022. As fans know, the series was paused for a year between the 2nd and 3rd seasons.
That’s when Colman replaced Claire Foy as the monarch. Season two of the royal show premiered in December 2017 and season three only made its debut in November 2019.
THE NEW QUEEN
"I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”
Fans will recall how the first actress to play the monarch, Foy, made a surprise cameo appearance in season 4. So there’s a possibility that Colman could do the same in the upcoming seasons.
During a Q&A after the virtual premiere for season 4, Colman suggested a dream sequence where she would feature in the upcoming seasons. Morgan thought that it was a good idea but revealed he was playing around with ideas.
THE NEW PRINCESS MARGARET
The Queen's younger sister, Princess Margaret was first played by Vanessa Kirby and then Bonham Carter. For the upcoming seasons, Lesley Manville will be taking the role.
Speaking about her casting, Manville said she couldn’t be happier to take on the new role. She explained how she didn’t want to let down the previous actresses who’d played the role.
THE NEW PRINCE PHILIP
For seasons 5 and 6, the role of the Duke of Edinburgh will be played by “Game of Thrones” actor Jonathan Pryce. The first actor to take on the role was Matt Smith followed by Menzies.
Some people might also recognize Pryce from Netflix's other show, “The Two Popes.” Speaking at the premiere, Menzies noted how it would be presumptuous of him to think he could give the Oscar-nominated Pryce tips on how to play the role of Philip.
WHO WILL BE PRINCESS DIANA
Elizabeth Debicki will have the daunting task of playing the role of Princess Diana through her most difficult years. Actress Emma Corrin got to be the People’s Princess from when she was a teenage kindergarten teacher to being a married royal.
Josh O’Connor’s advice for Dominic West, before he was revealed as the successor for the role, was to enjoy it.
At the season 4 premiere, Debicki humbly shared that it was her honor and privilege to join the series. She confessed she had been a fan of the show after being hooked on it from the very first season.
THE ACTOR FOR PRINCE CHARLES
“The Affair” actor Dominic West will feature in the upcoming two seasons as Prince Charles. Before him, the role went to Josh O'Connor who started off as a 20-something-year-old young man to a colder married man who was trapped in a marriage he didn’t want.
O’Connor’s advice for West, before he was revealed as the successor for the role, was to enjoy it. The actor urged West to just enjoy every minute of “The Crown” because it was a pleasurable experience.