The Crown will last much longer than we previously thought it would. While the show's third season is now on Netflix and its highly-anticipated fourth season is wrapping up production, details about Season 5—and even Season 6!—are already materializing. Here's what we know about the upcoming installment, which may require a longer wait than usual.
The Crown Season 5 won't premiere until 2022.
After filming Season 4 this year, The Crown's production team will take a break and pick up filming Season 5 in June 2021, Deadline reported. That means those episodes won't hit Netflix until 2022. The delay wasn't caused by the coronavirus pandemic, however. Apparently, the break was planned all along.
With Season 4 expected later this year, fans will have to wait more than a year for the next installment. Of course, this isn't the first time The Crown has taken a long break; there was a two-year wait between Seasons 2 and 3.
This won't be the final season after all.
Although Netflix announced in January that The Crown's fifth season would be its last, months later, the streamer confirmed that the series would in fact get one more chapter.
"As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons," Peter Morgan said in a statement.
And with Season 6 slated to bring the story into the early 2000s, per Variety, that means Season 5 could cover the late '90s; but that's yet to be confirmed.
The Crown was meant to last for six seasons from the start. After the show first debuted, Netflix's head of content, Ted Sarandos, said in 2016, "The idea is to do this over six decades, in six seasons presumably, and make the whole show over eight to 10 years."
Sarandos's plan seemed to be further solidified in October 2019, when show creator Peter Morgan signed a massive overall deal with Netflix. Sources had told Deadline that the agreement would include two more seasons of The Crown following Season 4. After all the back and forth, we're back to Plan A.
Imelda Staunton will portray the queen.
Just as the cast was updated after the first two seasons, the show will likely do the same by the time it comes to Season 5. Netflix confirmed that, after Olivia Colman's tenure as Queen Elizabeth II, Harry Potter alum Imelda Staunton will take over.
Though the streaming company first shut down the rumors in November 2019, it later confirmed the news two months later. Staunton said in a statement, "I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion."
Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret.
Taking over for Helena Bonham Carter, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Princess Margaret, Lesley Manville will transform into the queen's younger sister for The Crown's final season. An Oscar nominee for her supporting role in 2017's Phantom Thread, the British actress has credits that include Love Life, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, The Queen, and Another Year.
"I could not be happier to be playing Princess Margaret," Manville said of the regal role. "The baton is being passed on from two formidable actresses and I really don't want to let the side down. Furthermore, to play siblings with my dear friend Imelda Staunton will be nothing short of a complete joy."
Jonathan Pryce will portray Prince Philip.
Pryce will carry on the role of the Duke of Edinburgh from Tobias Menzies, joining Staunton and Manville in a powerhouse lead trio for The Crown's final two seasons. While viewers may most recently recognize the actor for his Oscar-nominated performance in The Two Popes, fans of Game of Thrones (remember the High Sparrow?), The Wife, Tomorrow Never Dies, Evita, and The Pirates of the Caribbean may are also familiar with the seasoned Welsh star.
Watch this space for updates.
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