The Crown will start filming its hotly-anticipated fifth series in JULY – with a new cast taking over as the royals and Imelda Staunton portraying the Queen
The Crown is set to start filming its hotly-anticipated fifth series in July.
According to Variety, crew are already starting to return to Elstree Studios ahead of the all new cast arriving to shoot scenes for the hit Netflix drama.
Exciting! The Crown is set to start filming its hotly-anticipated fifth series in July (pictured, Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in series four of the Netflix hit)
The next season is also thought to be introducing Dominic West as Prince Charles, who Josh O’Connor played in series four and tipped for the role in a recent interview.
Lesley Manville, 64, is set to star as Princess Margaret, who was played by Helena Bonham Carter previously. Jonathan Pryce, 73, will take over the role of Prince Philip.
Filming on series 5 will involve following strict Covid rules, however the UK is hoping to ease restrictions throughout the summer with some measures already changing.
The final two series of The Crown will cover the Royal Family‘s history throughout the 1990s and into 2003, however it is not yet know which moments will be seen.
Big roles: Series five will see Imelda Staunton (pictured in February 2020) take over from Olivia Colman as the Queen
There are several poignant moments which could be used, including the Queen making a speech on her 40th anniversary of her accession in 1992, in which she called the year an ‘annus horriblis’.
She was referring to the breakdown of three of her children’s marriages; Prince Andrew, Princess Anne’s and Prince Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana.
Other noteable events during the time period included a fire at Windsor Castle, her golden wedding anniversary in 1997, and the deaths of Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother and the Princess of Wales.
Speaking about joining the hit show, Imelda admitted she is ‘frightened’ to take on the Queen Elizabeth role in The Crown.
Bring it on: Elizabeth Debicki (pictured) will portray Princess Diana for the next season
Spitting image: Emma (pictured right in character) portrayed the late Princess of Wales in the fourth season of Netflix’s hit royal drama The Crown. Pictured left, Diana in 1982
The 65-year-old actress is following on from Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, but says she has an ‘extra challenge’ playing a recent version as it will be fresh in the audiences mind.
Speaking to The Sun, Imelda said: ‘When Claire was in the first series, to all of us that felt like history. Then following on from that with Olivia, again it seems like history.
‘Now we start in 1991 playing someone much more recent. That’s the extra challenge I have, people saying, “Oh, I don’t think she’s like that at all”‘.
Many members of the series four cast have also joked that they won’t be giving any advice to their successors.
Oscar-winning actress Olivia said recently: ‘I haven’t spoken to Imelda and I wouldn’t dare offer any advice about playing the Queen.
‘Imelda is extraordinary and she’s going to do it all much better than me. I can’t wait to watch what she does.’
While Josh, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Charles, also appeared to confirm his successor is The Affair star Dominic West – and joked he’d ‘laugh him off’ if the 51-year-old approached him for advice in an interview with GQ.
He said: ‘Playing that character has brought me a lot of joy. But it’s lovely to come away and go, “Great. Now hand it over to Dominic West” … But if Dominic West came to me asking me for advice, I’d laugh him off. I’d be like, “Dom! You’re Dominic West!”‘
Action packed: The fourth series of The Crown, which premiered last November, shows Charles meeting and marrying an innocent Diana while maintaining his affair with the then-married Camilla Parker-Bowles (pictured Corrin and Josh O’Connor in The Crown)