The Crown is a historical drama television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, created by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix.
The first season premiered on November 4, 2016. The filming for the fifth season of The Crown is now ongoing with a massive change in cast. The series received mostly positive reviews and was appreciated by fans and critics very well with an IMDB rating of 8.5 out of 10.
Here’s what we know so far regarding The Crown Season 5.
The Crown Season 5 Release Date
The fifth season of The Crown is scheduled to be released in November this year.
Imelda Staunton herself revealed in her first “Royal address” as the new Queen Elizabeth II.
She said “I will do my utmost to maintain the very high standard that they set,” adding “Hopefully I look calm, collected, and capable. My stomach, meanwhile, is doing somersaults.”
— Netflix (@netflix) September 25, 2021
The Crown Season 5 Cast
By following the show’s tradition to change a complete cast after every two seasons, we will see different faces this season probably. Have a look at the names.
Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II
She confirmed “I’m following two extraordinary actresses, but I’m also following one extraordinary human being, which is the Queen.
Because she’s so much in a lot of our lives and we know how she looks and how she sounds,” adding “Of course, I have to be like her as much as I can, but also I have to tell a story and a story of the day, whatever that is. Peter Morgan’s job is to do her backstage life if you like – that’s where his writing comes in, and it’s so extraordinary.”
- Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip
- Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret
- Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales
- Dominic West as Prince Charles
- Jonny Lee Miller as Sir John Major
- Khalid Abdalla as Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed
- Salim Daw as Dodi’s father
- Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles
- Natascha McElhone as Penny Knatchbull
The Crown Season 5 Plot
In the last season, the royal family was seen celebrating Christmas 1990 and were majorly in coil despite smiling for the cameras.
Most remarkably was Charles and Diana, who were impatient to divorce with Charles still very much in love with Camilla Parker-Bowles, and Diana perpetually feeling separated from the family.
Her only aide, Prince Philip, cautioned her about moving against the family, apparently cutting off his connection with her also.
Though it is not confirmed officially, The Crown Season 5 is supposed to be set in 1992, a year referred to by The Queen as the ‘annus horribilis’, aka the ‘horrible year’, in a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of her coming into power.
At that time there were 3 family divorces, and also a fire that ripped through the familial home of Windsor Castle.
The episodes of the fifth season of The Crown are supposed to run through to August 1997, when Princess Diana lost her life in a tragic car crash in Paris, France, along with her boyfriend, millionaire businessman Dodi Fayed.
According to a Telegraph source, Diana’s popular Martin Bashir interview in 1995 will also feature majorly as her relationship with Charles becomes worse, along with how Diana was reportedly “groomed” into agreeing to the BBC chat.
Although, another source asserted that it was too soon to either confirm or deny.
The Martin Bashir interview would probably be immensely controversial territory for The Crown to cover. An examination in 2021 by Lord Dyson confirmed that the BBC “fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency which are its hallmark” during the production and broadcast of the interview.
Responding to Dyson’s investigation, Prince William stated “This Panorama program holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again. It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialized by the BBC and others.”
In an interview with The Times, Jemima Khan, who is a screenwriter, producer, and friend to Princess Diana, said she’d left a consulting role on the show, as she was not comfortable with the way the final years of Diana were being played.
She said “In 2019, Peter Morgan asked me to co-write the fifth series of The Crown, particularly those episodes which concerned Princess Diana’s last years before she died,” adding further “After a great deal of thought, having never spoken publicly about any of this before, I decided to contribute.”
Khan further added “We worked together on the outline and scripts from September 2020 until February 2021,” adding “It was really important to me that the final years of my friend’s life be portrayed accurately and with compassion, as has not always happened in the past.”
Khan said, “When our co-writing agreement was not honored, and when I realized that particular storyline would not necessarily be told as respectfully or compassionately as I had hoped, I requested that all my contributions be removed from the series and I declined a credit.”
In response to the story, a statement has been issued by Netflix stating “Jemima Khan has been a friend, fan, and a vocal public supporter of The Crown since Season 1.
She has been part of a wide network of well-informed and varied sources who have provided extensive background information to our writers and research team – providing context for the drama that is The Crown. She has never been contracted as a writer on the series.”
The Crown Season 5 Trailer
We expect that the official trailer will be released in the coming months, probably by September or October on Netflix.
We will keep you updated with all the latest information on the subject until then stay tuned.