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Imelda Staunton's First Look As The Queen, And Everything We Know About The Crown Season 5 So Far

Even though the series' fifth season is underway, there are several fascinating facts we already know about the exciting upcoming seasons for the laureated Netflix's series

By Miguel Robles

- August 02 , 2021 - 13:37 hs
Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton (Netflix)

There's still chance for you to catch up on The Crown, so if you haven't already binged the addictive Netflix series, you should do it soon. Season Five is currently underway, and Netflix recently released a first look at Imelda Staunton -who is taking over the talented Olivia Coleman- as Queen Elizabeth II. The image of Staunton already has brought is iconic vibes.

We already know that the series will run for six seasons, at least that's what Netflix announced back in 2016; they even mentioned that their idea was to cover six decades, presumably in six seasons, to do the whole show in about 10 years. And even though there were rumors pointing out that the fifth season would be the last for the show, as per Peter Morgan -the writer for The Crown- “as we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and comnplexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons.” It is worth mentioning though, that season six won't necessarily cover the present day, but it will allow to a better development in terms of the story and their characters for the same period.

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Which actors will be cast for The Crown Season Five?

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Even though there is no official date for the fifth season, the Netflix's royal biopic has already started filming and gone into production. So far, we know Imelda Staunton -who played Lady Bagshawe in Downton Abbey- will play the complex part of Elizabeth II for the following and final seasons of 'The Crown'. When Netflix published an image of Staunton on Instagram, people immediately went wild.

This is not the first time Imelda Staunton has to play someone that belongs to the British aristocracy. In fact, when it was announced that she was going to play Elizabeth II, Stanton said, “I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.” Staunton will be the third actress to play Elizabeth II, following Claire Foy [who played the part for the first two seasons], and Olivia Coleman [in seasons three and four]. The reason for these changes is a strategy from Netflix to replace the cast in major roles instead of digitally ageing the actors.

For the role of former Conservative prime minister John Major, Netlix's choice was announced on Twitter. Instantly setting it on fire, after revealing their choice of casting Jonny Lee Miller, who acted alongside Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting. This is undoubtedly a bold choice to bring to the small screen the politician once known as the Grey Man.

But these are not the only A-List actors being cast for The Crown Season Five. Netflix also announced that viewers will have a major performance from Oscar-nominated actor Jonathan Pryce, who will play the part of Prince Philip. Following powerful performances on Game of Thrones and the laureated film The Two Popes, this is unquestionably a major addition for the show. While Princess Margaret [previously played by Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Kirby], will be portrayed by Academy Award Nominee Lesley Manville.

As for Princess Diana, Season Five will welcome Elizabeth Debicki, who is probably best known for her roles in The Night Manager and The Great Gasby. Who will play the Prince Charles' part has not officially been announced yet; however, there are several rumors pointing out to 'The Wire' actor Dominic West to take the part. Previously, Josh O'Connor was the actor in charge of assuming the role for previous seasons. Also, there has been leaked information that Olivia Williams will be in charge of assuming the role of Camilla Parker Bowles; she is expected to portray Camilla before and after Diana's death.

What storyline The Crown Season 5 will follow?

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Although there is no official confirmation on what specifics has Season 5 for the viewers; since season 4 ended in 1990, it has been suggested that the season 6 will end in the “early 200s,” which means that the 90s will be played out in season 5, which of course was an eventful era for the royals. Aside from introducing John Major, who served as Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997, we'll also have the announcement of Princess Diana and Prince Charles' separation in 1992; as well as their subsequent divorce in 1996.

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But the 90s brought us many other affairs regarding the royal family, such as the marriage breakup between Princess Anne and Mark Phillips in 1992, as well as Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1996. There's the possibility to see the arrival of Tony Blair and his young family into 10 Downing Street, which occurred in May 1997. Presumably, Season 5 will end in 1997, when Princess Diana tragically died in a car crash in Paris.

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Miguel Robles

I began my journey as a journalist 15 years ago, when I started as a staff writer for OPEN Magazine. I was able to escalate up to the point of becoming the editor in chief of the magazine. Always adjusting to cope with changes in the industry. Trying to make strong connections with the people, and bringing voice to minorities through storytelling.

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