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The Crown season 5: filming on the show is set to start in July

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We now know that The Crown season five will start filming in July. Here’s everything we know about the new season of the hit Netflix show so far. 

Following in the footsteps of its hugely popular and slightly controversial fourth season, the team behind Netflix’s The Crown are gearing up to start production on the series’ next instalment.

According to Variety, production on the fifth season – which is set to focus on the events of the 1990s – is set to begin in July, with a new ensemble cast replacing that of season four to represent the jump in the character’s ages.  

However, we might not be waving goodbye to all of season four’s cast members just yet. 

After her award-winning portrayal of Princess Diana in the last season, it’s been reported that The Crown’s creators are looking at ways to bring Emma Corrin back to the show for the next season through flashbacks to the icon’s younger years – although we’ll have to wait and see whether this is actually the case when the show hits our screens. 

For now, then, let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from The Crown season five. From the all-star cast to the events the show is likely to tackle, here’s everything we know about the Netflix show’s fifth season so far.  

Who will star in The Crown season five?

Season five marks the arrival of a new ensemble cast – and the names which have been announced so far do not disappoint.

To start, Imelda Staunton will be taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Olivia Colman.

In a statement posted on Twitter when her casting was first announced, the award-winning actor said she felt “honoured” to take over the role and bring the series to its conclusion.

“I have loved watching The Crown from the very start,” she said. “As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts.” 

Also joining the cast for season five are Lesley Manville, who will play Princess Margaret, and Jonathan Pryce, who will take over the role of Prince Phillip from Tobias Menzies.

Elizabeth Debicki has also been confirmed to be taking over the role of Princess Diana (although, as we’ve already mentioned, Emma Corrin may make a return as the character for some flashback scenes), with Dominic West appearing alongside her as Prince Charles.

Other characters who are likely to appear in the series, such as John Major, who took over from Margaret Thatcher as the UK’s prime minister in 1990, are yet to be cast. We’ll keep this space updated when we hear more information.  

What will The Crown season five be about?

Although it was once believed that The Crown season five would be the show’s last season, we now know the show’s team are working on a season six, which will take the story up to the early 2000s, as per Deadline

With this in mind, it’s possible that season five could either end on Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ divorce (which was finalised in 1996), or with Princess Diana’s death in 1997, leaving the fallout of the tragedy to be explored in season six.

Other events which are likely to be included are the events of 1992, which the Queen herself described as an “annus horribilis”.

Not only did this year mark the start of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ separation and the publication of the former’s book Diana: Her True Story, but it also saw the separation of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, a fire at Windsor Castle and the finalisation of Princess Anne’s divorce from Mark Phillips. 

When will The Crown season five arrive on Netflix?

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but the pattern between previous seasons might give us a clue as to when we can expect the show’s conclusion. 

When the cast last changed (between seasons two and three), the wait was about two years – so with season four’s release at the end of 2020, and season five not starting filming until July, it’s likely we won’t see anything hit our screens until 2022.

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