If the royal continuing real-life drama has left you dreaming after more of the fictionalized version of Peter Morgan, then good news: According to Variety, The Crown will begin production on its fifth series in July. Filming will take place at Elstree Studios in London, under strict Covid protocols, and this next episode is scheduled to air on Netflix in 2022.
Season five sees major changes in the cast, with Imelda Staunton succeeding Olivia Colman as Queen, plus Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip and Dominic West as Prince Charles.
Others yet to play include Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward, John Major, Camilla Parker Bowles and Tony Blair – although Andrew Scott (aka Fleabag’s Hot Priest) is part of the mix for the latter.
Expect tense relationship drama to dominate next season, with Charles and Diana’s marriage breaking up, along with Anne’s divorce with Captain Mark Phillips and Andrew breaking up with Sarah Ferguson. We can also see the Windsor Castle fire in 1992, the Conservative Party’s infighting over Europe and the tragic death of Princess Diana.
This will be the final cast for the series, which is due to end with its sixth series – carrying the action through the early 2000s.
Production company Left Bank wrapped up series four just before the first lockdown in March 2020 and was able to deliver it in time for release in November. The fourth installment, which featured Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher, was a hit with critics and audiences alike, winning multiple awards.