In a nutshell:
The next instalment of Netflix’s big-budget, awards-laden original series is expected to cover the divorce of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as the latter’s tragic death in 1997.
Who will play the Queen in ‘The Crown’ season 5?
Imelda Staunton – best known for playing Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter series as well as her Oscar-nominated role in Vera Drake – will succeed Olivia Colman for season five. “I have loved watching The Crown from the very start,” Staunton said in a statement when her role was announced. “As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to [series creator] 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.” On 30 July 2021, Netflix released a first image of Staunton in character, in an understated pussy-bow blouse and a string of pearls. The simple caption? “An early glimpse of our new Queen Elizabeth II, Imelda Staunton.”
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Who else will be in ‘The Crown’ season 5?
Elizabeth Debicki – who has had starring roles in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Steve McQueen’s Widows and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet – will take over the role of Diana, Princess of Wales from Emma Corrin in season five of The Crown. “Princess Diana’s spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many. It is my true privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one,” the Australian actress said of the news in a post on The Crown’s Twitter page. Meanwhile, Dominic West will step into the role of Prince Charles, taking over from Josh O’Connor. On 17 August 2021, Netflix released a first look of the two in character, and the stills are truly uncanny.