Netflix has revealed the premiere date for “The crownSeason 5 during the online Tudum fan event on Saturday. The dramatized series about the British royal family returns on November 9 with an all-new cast.
Imelda Staunton (“Harry Potter”) takes over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Olivia Colman, while Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”) will play her husband, Prince Philip. Meanwhile, Dominic West (“The Affair”) plays Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki (“Tenet”) plays Princess Diana, Lesley Manville (“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”) plays Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, and Jonny Lee Miller (“Elementary”) stars as Prime Minister John Major.
Season 5 is believed to cover the whole family in the 1990s.
While the writers and producers, including creator Peter Morgan, have been tight-lipped about what real-life events from the royals’ lives they want to bring to screen, the casting has given fans some pointers to ponder.
Salim Daw has been cast to play billionaire department store owner Mohamed Al-Fayed, while Amir El-Masry has been cast as a younger Al-Fayed, suggesting audiences will be introduced to some flashback scenes. Meanwhile, Khalid Abdalla plays Al-Fayed’s son, Dodi, who was tragically killed in the same 1997 Paris car accident that killed Princess Diana. The two were romantically linked at the time.
Humayun Saeed will join the cast as Dr. Hasnat Khan, a British-Pakistani cardiac surgeon with whom Diana had a secret relationship for two years.
Audiences will also get a glimpse of the young Prince William and Prince Harry, with Dominic West’s son, Senan, playing William, and Teddy Hawley and Will Powell portraying Harry at different ages.
While the casting suggests Season 5 will span the period up to and including Diana’s death, “The Crown” has always made innovative choices in terms of which scenes it actually re-enacts. In Season 4, the camera follows Emma Corrin (who plays an 18-year-old Diana) and Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles) as they get ready for their wedding, giving the audience a glimpse of the couple in their finery, but it doesn’t follow. them down the aisle.
The 1990s were a turbulent time for the royals. The Queen called 1992 her “annus horribilis” after her only daughter, Princess Anne, was divorced and her sons Prince Charles and Prince Andrew were both separated from their wives after a series of gossip stories. That same year, Windsor Castle was also hit by a catastrophic fire.
While already extremely popular with viewers and critics alike, the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8 has sparked renewed interest in the series. According to data analytics firm Whip Media, the show’s viewership in the UK increased by more than 800% after the Queen’s death, compared to the previous Friday-Sunday period.
See all Netflix announcements from Saturday’s Tudum event here.