'The Crown' season 5 to start filming in July

Critically-acclaimed Netflix period drama series The Crown is gearing up to shoot its 5th season in July, according to a Variety report

The iconic British royals will be portrayed by a new set of actors, with Elizabeth Debicki playing Princess Diana, Dominick West starring as Prince Charles, Imelda Stauton as the Queen, and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret. 

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, filming continued for The Crown and other British shows due to quick action by various film organizations in the country, such as the British Film Institute.

Season 5 will reportedly focus on the royals’ life in the early 1990s, considered to be a tumultuous period for the family.

The Crown follows the British royal family across different time periods, from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s marriage in the late 1940s and early 1950s, to Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ highly publicized relationship later on. The royals are portrayed by a different cast every two seasons, with notable performances from Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in season 4 and Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in the 3rd and 4th seasons.

The announced actors for season 5 will be the final cast for the remainder of the series. After much deliberation, season 6 will reportedly be the series’ conclusion. It is set to cover the family in the early 2000s, and will not include Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage.

During an interview with James Corden, Prince Harry revealed that he had watched The Crown and spoke about his impressions of the show. He said that it somehow portrays the lifestyle and pressures of being a part of the royal family, even if it is loosely based on the truth.

The series has garnered significant success over the years, bagging several Golden Globes and Screen Actors’ Guild awards since its premiere in 2016. – with reports from Andrea Tibayan/Rappler.com

Andrea Tibayan is a Rappler intern.