The Crown: Imelda Staunton-Led Season 5 won’t premiere until 2022
Ahead of the upcoming fourth season of The Crown, Deadline brings word that the series’ studio Left Bank Pictures will officially be taking a break from filming this year and is planning to start production on Season 5 in June 2021. Because of this, fans will have to wait a little more before they’ll be able to see Imelda Staunton’s new take on Queen Elizabeth II with the fifth season now expected to debut sometime in 2022.
This is actually not the first time that the series will be undergoing a gap year as the second and third season previously had a two-year gap between their debuts.
The third season of The Crown saw the entire cast aging up, including Tobias Menzies taking over for Matt Smith who played Prince Philip during the first two seasons. Prince Charles and Princess Anne will also grow older with Josh O’Connor and Erin Doherty filling in those roles. Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher with Emerald Fennell portraying Camilla Parker Bowles.
Season three of The Crown took place during 1964 and 1972 and is covering major events in British history, like Princess Margaret’s affair with Roddy Llewellyn, Margaret Thatcher’s political rise, and the introduction of Camilla Parker Bowles. Both Seasons 3 and 4 of the series will be shot back-to-back.
The series tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as the fragile social order established after the Second World War breaks apart. Based on the award-winning play, “The Audience,” the series reunites creator/writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen).
Seasons 1-3 of The Crown are already available for streaming on Netflix.