Season five of The Crown is set to start filming this summer, it's been confirmed.
According to Variety, the newest instalment of the hit Netflix series will begin production in July, now that UK lockdown restrictions are starting to slowly lift — and this time, a brand new ensemble cast will be joining the show, to represent the jump forward in time.
As previously reported, Dominic West will take over the role of Prince Charles from Golden Globe-winner Josh O'Connor for the fifth series. While Imelda Staunton will replace Olivia Colman as the Queen, Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret (after Helena Bonham-Carter's brilliant turn) and Jonathan Pryce takes the mantle from Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, respectively.
Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, The Night Manager and Tenet), will be portraying Princess Diana in the upcoming series — which will tackle the 1990s, a tumultuous time for the Royal Family — with the storyline likely revolving around the breakdown of Charles' relationship with Diana, and the subsequent love triangle created with Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Although a release date for season five of The Crown has yet to be announced, with filming set to kick off this July, we can likely hope to see the new episodes sometime in 2022.
Unlike the rest of the cast announcements, Dominic West's role appeared to be confirmed by one of the existing cast members, when Josh O'Connor told GQ Hype last month that — despite the fact he's loved playing the royal heir — he's happy to pass over the reigns to the 51-year-old Hollywood veteran; known for his prominent roles in The Affair, The Wire and Les Misérables.
'I absolutely loved it. But the reason I wanted to be an actor is to play different people,' he told the publication. '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".'
When asked if he had any tips for his successor, newcomer Connor laughed off the suggestion: 'If Dominic West came to me asking me for advice, I'd laugh him off. I'd be like, "Dom! You're Dominic West!"'
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