- On November 9, 2022, the award-winning series “The Crown” will enter a new round with a 5th season.
- The Netflix show tells of the difficult fateful years that Queen Elizabeth II had to face in the 90s.
- A first trailer now shows for the first time the new cast, which was changed again shortly before the series finale with the upcoming 6th season.
The successful Netflix series “The Crown” returns to the streaming service in November 2022 with season 5. The new episodes will also focus on Diana’s tragic death in 1997. The exact start date of the new episodes was revealed at the TUDUM fan event.
The Crown: Release date of season 5
Finally, the start date for the new episodes has been set! Starting on November 9, 2022, we will again get an intimate look behind the scenes of the royal court and see Imelda Staunton in the role of the former English head of state for the first time.
Previously, the series makers had already narrowed down the start date to November 2022 with a short video on Twitter. In the clip, the new Queen actress addressed the viewers directly.
However, this long production stop is nothing unusual for the successful Netflix series and, contrary to expectations, is not due to Corona. There was already such a long break between filming between seasons 2 and 3.
At the Emmy Awards in September 2021, series creator Peter Morgan now announced that filming will begin on September 20, just hours after the awards ceremony.
Originally, only 5 seasons were planned. But the 6th season of “The Crown” was officially confirmed in mid-2020. Peter Morgan wants to bring the series to a rounded conclusion with this season.
The Crown: Trailer for season 5
The first trailer for season 5 shows how the royal family has to deal with the growing scandals surrounding the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II is facing the most difficult time of her life.
The Crown: Plot of season 5
Season 5 will continue to follow both the private and political life of Queen Elizabeth II. Since Season 4 of “The Crown” covered the 1970s and 1980s, when Charles and Diana were married, Prince William and Prince Harry were born and Margaret Thatcher was prime minister, Season 5 will cover the 1990s and possibly even the early 2000s.
At that time, such turbulent events moved the English royal family. For one, Margaret Thatcher was ousted as Prime Minister and replaced by John Major. In addition, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew have also separated from their partners. But above all, of course, the tragic events surrounding Prince Charles and Lady Diana will play a major role. After her divorce from Charles, Princess Diana died in a car accident in 1997.
All of these events will most likely play into the new season. It is unlikely that season 5 will reach the present, as this will not be dealt with in season 6 either.
The series will end with the broadcast of season 6 in 2023. Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s relationship will not be part of “The Crown.”
In January 2020, executive producer Suzanne Mackie told the BBC, “To be honest, I doubt we’ll ever go that far into the present.”
The Crown: Season 5 cast
Season 5 once again has a cast change in the main roles on offer. The role of Queen Elizabeth II will from now on no longer be played by Olivia Colman, but by Imelda Staunton, who is best known for her role as Professor Umbridge in part 5 of the “Harry Potter” films.
You can now get a first taste via social media. The photo shows Staunton in the Queen’s clothes. See for yourself!
In October 2020, British media confirmed that actor Dominic West, known from “The Affair” and “The Wire,” will take on the role of Prince Charles.
The US magazine Variety reported in November 2021 that Dominic West’s 13-year-old son Senan will take on the role of then 15-year-old Prince William in Season 5. He will make his first appearance in the final episode of the season.
The role of Prince Charles’ childhood sweetheart Camilla Parker-Bowles will be played by British actress Olivia Williams. Williams gained particular notoriety when she starred alongside Bill Murray in the Golden Globe-nominated film “Rushmore.”
The role of Prince Philip will also no longer be played by Tobias Menzies in the new season, but by “Game of Thrones” actor Jonathan Pryce. Pryce was seen in the fantasy series as the High Sparrow. The role of Princess Margaret will be played by Lesley Manville, who is primarily active as a theater actress.
On Twitter, the series creators now announced who will play the role of Prime Minister John Mayor. Jonny Lee Miller (“Elementary”) will play Margaret Thatcher’s successor. Whether Gillian Anderson (“Sex Education”) will continue to be seen as Margaret Thatcher in the 5th season is not yet known.
In August 2020, another exciting announcement followed! Emma Corrin will be replaced in Season 5 for the final two chapters of the series by Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Tenet”), who will then take on the role of “Lady Di.” Netflix also released a statement from the actress on the announcement:
With a height of 1.90 meters, Debicki is likely to tower over most of the actors. So camera tricks will have to be used here.
Other important roles will be played by Claudia Harrison (“The IT Crowd”) as Princess Anne, James Murray (“McDonald & Dodds”) as Prince Andrew and Emma Laird Craig as Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.
The Crown: Production
“The Crown” has already won several awards in previous years. In September 2022, it added 11 more Emmys, including the Emmy for Best Drama Series.