The first look for ‘The Crown’ Season 5 featuring an all-new cast has been revealed by streaming giant Netflix.
Photos show a lonely-looking Princess Diana played by Elizabeth Debicki, taking over from Emma Corrin the previous season, wearing a sparkly gown as she heads off to a glamorous soiree with hunched shoulders and head bowed, reports Variety.
In another image, Prince Charles played by Dominic West, who replaces Josh O’Connor from seasons 3 and 4 and his mistress Camilla Parker Bowles played by Olivia Williams, who steps into Emerald Fennell’s shoes, beams while snuggling outside as they appear to be watching a fireworks display.
In another, happier photograph, however, Diana and Charles are pictured together on a speedboat on vacation with their young sons Prince William and Prince Harry.
“That’s what’s amazing about playing these people right now, because in the journey of ‘The Crown’ so far out of all the seasons, it’s the most visual content we have of the Royal Family,” said Debicki told Netflix fan site Tudum, which first revealed the footage.
“In the 90s, everything had started to be filmed and it was also the birth of the 24 hour news cycle, so there’s just this incredible amount of content that we have access to. Diana was the most photographed to the world at that time. As an actor, you open the portal and this huge tsunami of information falls on you. I swam in it with joy.
West added, “I think people understand, because the cast has changed every two seasons, that it’s not a knockoff. It’s an evocation of a character. It’s really where the series: in the imaginary conversations of their private life, which is something no one knows.”
“I think that’s why he gets a lot of criticism. How do you know what they talk about in their private life? The obvious answer is we don’t know, but we have an amazing writer, a playwright, who imagines based on research, and that’s really part of the fascination of the show.”
There’s also a photo of Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II herself, apparently in Scotland, alongside her husband Prince Philip (Jonathan Pryce), both wearing the signature red tartan. Staunton takes over the role of monarch and matriarch from Olivia Colman, who played Her Majesty in the show’s third and fourth seasons, while Pryce replaces Tobias Menzies.
In the first two seasons of the show, Claire Foy played a young queen in the first two decades of her reign while Matt Smith played Prince Philip.
One of the vanities of “The Crown” is that the cast is changed every two seasons to mark the passage of time. Each season covers approximately a decade in the life of the royal family.
Season 5, which will be released all at once on Netflix on November 9, will take viewers through the late 1980s and early 1990s, during one of the royal family’s toughest decades.
1992, which the Queen described as her “annus horribilis”, saw three of her four children separate or divorce from their spouses as Windsor Castle suffered a catastrophic fire.
“The Crown” is currently filming its sixth and supposedly final season, which is supposed to cover Diana’s death in 1997.