The Crown, a drama series about Queen Elizabeth II and her extended family, will premiere season five on November 9th with Imelda Staunton as the new queen.
The debut will come two months after the repose of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8th at the age of ninety-six. Netflix, the streaming service for the drama series, made the announcement on September 24th.
On the days of the queen’s death and her funeral, the production of the sixth season was suspended.
Imelda Staunton as New Queen in The Crown
In a succession of actors who have played Elizabeth through the decades of her life and reign, Imelda Staunton will be the latest in the upcoming fifth season.
The first two seasons starred Claire Foy as the young princess Elizabeth ascending to the throne and growing into her role as queen while seasons three and four featured Olivia Colman as a more mature queen.
This award-winning series has earned twenty-two Emmy Awards, including the best drama series trophy and top drama actress honors for Foy and Colman.
Josh O’ Connor won the best drama actor Emmy Award for his position as Prince Charles as a young man in thirteen episodes of the series.
The role of Princess Diana, which is essential in the drama series, has passed from Emma Corrin in season four to Elizabeth Debicki (“Tenet”) for seasons five and six.
Debicki plays opposite Dominic West as Prince Charles, the prince and Elizabeth’s oldest child who became King Charles III upon her death.
Other cast newcomers include Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip.
The Crown‘s Season 5 to Cover Royal Family’s Turbulent Times
The Crown‘s November premiere of season five is expected to cover the royal family’s turbulent 1990s era when Charles and Diana’s marriage chaotically fell apart.
Diana, the Princess of Wales, perished following a Paris car crash in August 1997.
The Crown has been widely acclaimed as a drama although some have criticized it for lapses in historical accuracy. Two years ago, Netflix rejected calls for a disclaimer to be added to the series.
The creator of The Crown, Peter Morgan, who also wrote other recent-history dramas, including The Queen and Frost/Nixon, has defended his work, calling it thoroughly researched and true in spirit.