The Crown season 5: cast, premiere date and everything else you need to know

Your fave historical drama will look a little different when The Crown season 5 returns on Netflix

the crown season 5 netflix Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana
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There are a few changes to the line of succession: The Crown season 5 will cast a new set of characters, feature a fresh cast of actors and focus on a different chapter of the British monarch's story than previous iterations. 

Naturally, those who closely follow all-things royal are anxious to see what's next, especially as the series will dig more into Princess Diana and her doomed marriage to the Prince of Wales. We'll gladly spill the tea on one of the most-watched Netflix shows of all time—are you ready to learn more?

Lady Di and Prince Charles: The Crown season 5

In August 2021, Netflix provided a much-anticipated sneak peek at cast newcomers Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana and Dominic West as Prince Charles. The resemblance is uncanny, and we have a feeling their acting performances will be just as convincing as their looks. 

"Princess Diana's spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many," Debicki revealed on Twitter. "It is my true privilege and honor to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one."

Have a look at Debicki and West in character below. What'd we tell you about that resemblance?

Naturally, we cannot forget about the star of the show: Queen Elizabeth. Previously played by Claire Foy and Olivia Coleman, Her Majesty will now be portrayed by Imelda Staunton. 

Other new faces joining the cast include Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret and Johnny Lee Miller as former Prime Minister John Major.

When does The Crown season 5 start?

The Crown's forthcoming season began shooting in July 2021. Although a premiere date has yet to be revealed, entertainment experts suspect that we're likely due for season 5 in 2022. We'll keep you posted as soon as Netflix makes any major reveals.

What will The Crown season 5 be about?

A dark time for the royal family will be depicted during season 5. It's expected to focus on the 1990s, particularly the Queen suffering through three of her four children's divorces. Additionally, It's likely to shed light on the infamous 1995 Princess Diana BBC interview in which she detailed her crumbling marriage to Prince Charles to reporter Martin Bashir. Plus, this is the season in which fans will be introduced to the series' Prince William and Prince Harry. 

In early September 2021, fans got a glimpse of the fictional royal family at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, which is roughly an hour away from London. In this scene, it appears that the quartet—Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry—were getting ready to board a private plane. You'll likely have to do a double-take when you see the image—it's difficult to differentiate Hollywood from reality. 

How many seasons of The Crown are there?

Season 5 was originally supposed to be the final act of the historical drama, but creator Peter Morgan insisted that the only way to do the real-life story justice was to conclude after six seasons. 

He revealed that The Crown won't touch on the present-day, which many fans would've loved to see on screen, but it will dive deeply into one of the most significant decades for the British royal family. 

Everything you need to know about 'Spencer'

Like season 5 of The Crown, the forthcoming film Spencer, which stars Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, will focus on the royal family in the '90s, particularly the failed marriage between the Prince and Princess of Wales. The film takes place over the course of several days while Lady Di is visiting Norfolk's Sandringham Estate for Christmas, all while debating whether or not she should leave her husband after rumors of his infidelity surfaced. 

Spencer hits theaters on November 5, 2021, so you'll be able to get your royal fix while waiting for Netflix's fan-favorite to return. In the meantime, you can watch seasons one through four on the platform now.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

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Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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