First frames of the new season of “The Crown”, Peter Morgan’s award-winning series for Netflix that has come to the passing of the baton of its main protagonists. The streaming giant released today portraits of Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana and Dominic West as Prince Charles.
Filming for the fifth season began in July. Diana and Carlo are at the center of the new episodes that follow their tormented relationship in the nineties, from the separation in 1992 to the divorce four years later. Debicki, who most recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” inherited the part from Emma Corrin, West from Josh O’Connor. In the fifth season they will be joined by Imelda Staunton (of “Harry Potter”) in the role of Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”) in that of Prince Philip, Lesley Manville in the part of Margaret and Jonny Lee Miller in that of the premier. Tory John Major.
“The Crown” debuted on Netflix in 2016, and every second season changes the lead actors to more realistically reflect their age. The fifth season will tackle the saga of the royal family starting from Elizabeth’s so-called “annus horribilis”: in 1992 the queen saw the separation of three of her four children, the public rumors about the relationship between Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, the topless photos of Sarah Ferguson, the wife of Prince Andrew, and the Windsor Castle fire.
It is not clear, however, if the season will come to Diana’s death in 1997 or if, due to the tragic accident in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, it will be necessary to wait for the sixth and presumably last season of the series.