It has been confirmed that the fifth season of The Crown has been delayed until 2022. Here’s everything we know about season five so far.
As per Deadline, Left Bank Pictures will not begin filming new episodes of the Netflix franchise until June next year, which means that we won’t be getting any new episodes until 2022. At least.
“There was a similar pause between season two and three of The Crown, which were separated by a two-year gap as Claire Foy stepped away from the throne and her heir Olivia Colman took her place,” explains Deadline, noting that it makes sense there would be a similar gap between Colman and Imelda Staunton’s reigns as Queen Elizabeth II.
Of course, the pain of this news is somewhat eased by the recent revelation that The Crown’s fifth season will no longer be the last.
That’s right: Netflix bosses recently confirmed there will be a sixth season of the show, which will take the story up to the early 2000s. So, yeah, you can expect some big storylines focused on Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince Andrew, and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.
As reported on 2 July: The Crown season four may not have been released yet, but plans are well underway for the fifth and final season of the Emmy award-winning drama.
Earlier this year, the show’s creator and writer Peter Morgan confirmed that the show’s fifth season would be its last, saying he felt it was “the perfect time and place to stop” despite initially imagining the show running for six seasons.
And now, in an update from the show’s creative team, we have even more casting news to get excited over: Lesley Manville will take over the role of Princess Margaret.
In a statement posted on The Crown’s official Twitter account, Manville said she “could not be happier” to be taking on the role.
“The baton is being passed on from two formidable actresses and I really don’t want to let the side down,” she said. “Furthermore, to play siblings with my dear friend Imelda Staunton will be nothing short of a complete joy.”
We may not have all the details about the final season yet, but we do know a little about what we can expect from the series. So without further ado, here’s everything we know about the show’s final season so far.
Who will star in The Crown season five?
As we’ve already mentioned, Imelda Staunton will replace Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in the final series.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to confirm Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty the Queen for the fifth and final season, taking The Crown into the 21st century,” the show’s creator Peter Morgan said. “Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.”
In a statement published on The Crown’s official Twitter account, Staunton said she is “honoured” to be joining the show.
“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. I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”
Of course, we also know that Lesley Manville will portray the role of Princess Margaret.
What will The Crown season five be about?
Season five of the show will follow the Queen’s reign into the 21st century, but is unlikely to tackle recent issues including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step down from their royal duties, and the controversy surrounding Prince Andrew’s friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein.
Key moments the show is likely to tackle include the publication of Princess Diana’s book Diana: Her True Story in 1992, which revealed her marriage troubles with Prince Charles, and the Queen’s 40th anniversary succession speech.
The show will also be likely to include Princess Diana’s untimely-passing in a car accident in 1997.
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 expected to arrive at the end of 2020, we may not see season five until 2022.