The Crown's executive producer has explained why the royal biopic won't continue beyond season 6, which will cover key historical events of the early 2000s before concluding.
Suzanne Mackie has said that creator Peter Morgan 'can't write something' unless at least 10 years have passed between a real-life event and the show's later portrayal, as he needs that time to allow perspective.
'Peter has said it very articulately, that he simply can’t write something unless there has been time to gain a proper perspective,' Mackie told Broadcast. 'And I think he's always felt 10 years is the minimum amount of time that he can see something in a historical context, to allow him to really understand it. I don't think he'll deviate from that.'
She continued: 'We all know these stories, but what Peter does so brilliantly is get underneath that, and understand the landscape in a more nuanced, complex, surprising way. The minute he starts trying to do that sooner, it will inevitably feel contrived or artificial. So, although this has been an absolute career highlight for me, it will absolutely be time to move on.'
Mackie also described casting Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in season 4 as 'probably one of the proudest moments in my career.'
'We knew we didn’t want to cast someone very well known,' she recalled. 'In Diana, we wanted someone that you almost needed to dress up, and who evolves from being that slightly awkward Sloane Ranger teen to a stronger woman. That’s an extraordinary journey, and one the audience would need to completely accept and understand.'
Corrin recently revealed that she was initially hired to help audition actresses for the part of Camilla before landing the role of Diana.
Touching on the process, Mackie added: 'We decided to get an actor to read Diana's lines, and this young girl, a student, Emma, comes in to help out. I had a very strong feeling about her, immediately. She read that scene five times and we thought, "Blimey, she's good", so we put the camera on her, and had her in the scene. At the end, I looked at her and thought, "That might be Diana".'
The Crown season 5 will return to Netflix in 2022.
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