It’s been revealed when production will begin on the next season of The Crown!
Netflix’s award-winning period drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom launched in November 2016.
Season 5 will reportedly commence filming in July, with the final two seasons expected to be shot back to back.
Variety reports that the show’s crew are already starting pre-production work at Elstree Studios near London.
The new episodes will once again introduce an all-new cast.
Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter, Downton Abbey) will be playing the show’s third and final Queen Elizabeth II, following in the footsteps of Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.
She previously said: “I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”
World on Fire actress Lesley Manville will take over from Vanessa Kirby and Helena Boham Carter as the new Princess Margaret.
Manville commented: “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.”
Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce will fill the role of the late Prince Philip, who died aged 99 in April.
The 73-year-old star was nominated for Best Actor at last year’s Oscars for his role in Netflix’s The Two Popes.
He’s also be familiar as the main Bond villain in Tomorrow Never Dies, and as the High Sparrow in Game of Thrones.
Pryce said: “The positive experience I had making The Two Popes has given me the confidence to tackle the daunting prospect of portraying Prince Philip.”
The only other confirmed new cast member is Elizabeth Debicki, who’ll be playing Princess Diana.
The Australian actress is best known for her roles in The Night Manager, Everest, and Tenet.
Debicki commented: “It is my privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.”
Season 5 is expected to premiere exclusively on Netflix in November or December 2022.
The BBC announced recently that original The Crown star Claire Foy will lead the cast of the follow-up to a A Very English Scandal.
And Helena Bonham Carter is set to star alongside Pierce Brosnan in an upcoming rom-com set in 1914.
The Crown is available on DVD on Amazon.