As ‘The Crown’ dubs actress Lesley Manville to play Princess Margaret, fans wonder about the rest of the cast and release dates of the seasons to come. Scroll down for all the details.
The new cast of ‘The Crown‘ Season 5 has been a well-kept secret for a long time, but not anymore.
- After three incredible seasons, here’s what fans can expect from the next season
- Meet the rest of ‘The Crown’ Season 5 cast!
- When will season 5 release?
Netflix has officially announced that Lesley Manville, the actress who earned an Oscar nomination for her work in ‘Phantom Thread’, will take over the role of Princess Margaret from Helena Bonham Carter. The announcement came after almost a year of Manville having kept her new role a secret!
She expressed her excitement about taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth II’s sister in the historical series, in a quote posted by Netflix, “I could not be happier to be playing Princess Margaret. The baton is being passed on from two formidable actresses and I really don’t want to let the side down”, she said.
As showrunner Peter Morgan continues to reveal details about what fans can expect in the future seasons, and the new cast of Season 5 is revealed, let’s dive a little deeper into the series.
After three incredible seasons, here’s what fans can expect from the next season.
One reason why ‘The Crown’ has been such a special series is that it gives viewers a glimpse into a world they don’t know much about. Given the existing timelines, the new seasons should look at the lives of Britain’s Royal Family between the 90s and into the 2000s. Fans expect that the Queen’s speech, on the 40th anniversary of her succession, will be a key feature in the coming seasons.
Other important events that the series could explore, include the Falklands War, Buckingham Palace break-in, the marriage (and then the divorce) of Princess Diana Spencer and Prince Charles, and the birth of Prince William and Prince Harry.
The death of Princess Diana was a difficult time for the family, and ‘The Crown’ could tell us more about that. A storyline that includes actress Gillian Anderson playing Margaret Thatcher as the new prime minister, too, is said to be in the works.
While the first two seasons featured a memorable award-winning performance by Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, alongside Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, the most recent, third season (and the upcoming fourth) has Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman wearing the crown, along with Helena Bonham Carter playing Princess Margaret, and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip.
The cast changes every 2 years to reflect realistic portrayals of the Royal Family and the different periods in time. The fourth and fifth seasons are sure to set a higher benchmark for the sixth, which will mark the end of the historical series.
Meet the rest of ‘The Crown’ Season 5 cast!
Joining the season 5 cast as Her Majesty The Queen is actress Imelda Staunton, who is very well-known for her roles as Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter film series, and her role in ‘Vera Drake’ that earned her a Best Actress nomination at the 2005 Oscars.
Creator Peter Morgan added, “I’m absolutely thrilled to confirm Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty The Queen for the fifth and final season, taking ‘The Crown’ into the 21st century. Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman”.
Imelda Staunton shared the same excitement in a statement posted by Netflix, earlier this year- “I have loved watching ‘The Crown’ from the very start. As an actor, it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts. I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking ‘The Crown’ to its conclusion”, she shared.
‘The Crown’ fans are excited to see Staunton and Manville together again, as they’ve previously seen the duo in Disney’s ‘Maleficent’. As for the rest of ‘The Crown’ Season 5 cast, fans are dedicatedly waiting in anticipation to know more!
When will season 5 release?
There’s still a while before we can see the cast reprise their roles. Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ is yet to return later this year, according to showrunner Peter Morgan. The production team was under the wire to complete its shooting and fortunately managed to do so, right before the pandemic could halt its production.
Considering the newest season’s release date, the fifth is most likely to arrive towards the end of the next year. And ever since Peter Morgan announced that there would be a sixth season to follow, we know there’s so much more to see!
There’s still time for season 4 to reveal itself, but it seems like ‘The Crown’ is on its way to a majestic end. Until then, why don’t you tell us how you feel about the new cast in the comments?