While season four of The Crown is yet to be released, Netflix has announced its casting choices for the fifth and final season of the royal drama. Though it was originally thought that the series would run for at least six seasons, creator Peter Morgan just announced that this will be its last.
“At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons, but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five, it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop,” Morgan said, per the Hollywood Reporter. “I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”
The show is currently in production on season four, featuring returning cast members Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth, Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip and Helena Bonham-Carter as Princess Margaret. Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and Vanessa Kirby famously originated the roles in the first two seasons.
The upcoming season will also feature Princess Diana (Emma Corrin).
Like the previous season, season five will introduce new actors to play the royal family.
Netflix also confirmed that famed British stage actress Imelda Staunton, who some may remember played Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter films, will take over as Queen Elizabeth.
“I have loved watching The Crown from the very start,” Staunton said. “As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts. I am genuinely honored to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”
Netflix has also announced that Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret.
The Crown finished filming of season four just prior to coronavirus shutdowns, and is slated for a late 2020 release.