By Laura Harman
It has been confirmed that the fifth season of The Crown will begin filming this July with an entirely new cast.
It was confirmed by Variety that production for the fifth season of The Crown will begin in July this year. This is following a two-year production gap, which sources say was not caused by the Pandemic. Deadline reported in 2020, “the filming break has always been part of The Crown’s production schedule and is not related to the coronavirus pandemic, although sources acknowledged that the hiatus has been helpfully timed.”
The Crown will be changing the entire cast for the Fifth Season as the plot continues after a significant time jump. A similar gap in production took place between Season 2 and Season 3 of The Crown as production halted as Claire Foy was replaced by Olivia Colman and an older cast of actors to continue the character storylines.
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Various members of the new cast have been confirmed. Imelda Staunton will be taking over from Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Dominic West will play Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana, and Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret.
The fifth season will focus on the 1990s, which was undoubtedly a very tumultuous time for the Royal family. However, it is unclear how much longer the series will continue as one of The Crown creators has ruled out discussing the recent royal drama. The showrunner and creator of The Crown, Peter Morgan, states that he has a personal ‘20 year rule’ when it comes to The Crown.
The creator told the Hollywood Reporter in 2020, "I don't know where in the scheme of things Prince Andrew or indeed Meghan Markle or Harry will ever appear. We won't know, and you need time to stop something from being journalistic. And so I don't want to write about them because to write about them would instantly make it journalistic."
The Crown’s crew are now back in the North of London where the show is filmed in Elstree Studios. Filming will allegedly take place during the Pandemic under strict Covid-19 rules. The UK is currently in a lockdown but restrictions have been lifted since 29th March and will continue to lift on the 12th April as part of a traffic light system.
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