The Crown season five is right around the corner, and the highly anticipated series is sure to excite fans of the previous four seasons, which have all received rave reviews from both viewers and critics for their acting, directing, writing, cinematography, and production values.
For those who have never watched the Netflix show, it portrays the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to her husband Philip, until the early 21st century. Season five will focus on the 1990s and will be the first series that will air after the deaths of Prince Philip (April 9th, 2021) and Queen Elizabeth II (September 8th, 2022).
When does The Crown return?
Season 5 of The Crown is set to be released on Netflix on November 9th, 2022. It will be the latest season in the series, with season 4 being released two years ago in November 2020.
The Crown season 5 cast
With the ever changing cast of The Crown, there is a whole new batch of actors that will be portraying the characters in season five. There has been a different cast after every two seasons of the show, with seasons three and four having a whole new cast compared to seasons one and two. The creator, Peter Morgan, commented that this is to show the age progression throughout the years, meaning we are able to see a wide variety of actors bring their unique take to the royal family.
Imelda Staunton will play the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II in the fifth season, after succeeding Olivia Colman, who played the role in seasons three and four. In a statement when her role was announced, Staunton stated “I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”
In addition to this, there are a whole host of well-known actors who will have starring roles in the series, such as Jonathan Pryce (Prince Philip), Lesley Manville (Princess Margaret), Jonny Lee Miller (John Major), Dominic West (Prince Charles), and Elizabeth Debicki (Princess Diana).
What is the plot of The Crown season 5?
The opening shot of the official trailer, released by Netflix on October 20th, shows Windsor Castle in flames, which hints at the fire that destroyed the royal residence in 1992 being featured as part of the show. Imelda Staunton, portraying Queen Elizabeth II, is then shown examining the ashes.
A royal eruption is seemingly about to ensue, as Princess Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki, is shown wearing the famous “revenge dress” that she donned after Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, played by Olivia Williams. The Queen is shown having a meeting with Charles and Diana prior to this, regarding the affair.
A teaser trailer was also released on September 24th showing Diana getting ready for her controversial Panorama interview with Martin Bashir in 1995. Meanwhile, Charles is seen getting ready for his famous 1994 interview, where he confessed to committing adultery, meaning we are in for a very interesting fifth season of The Crown!
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