EXCLUSIVE: Imelda Staunton won’t make her bow as Queen Elizabeth II till 2022 as “The Crown” takes a filming break this yr amid its remaining solid changeover, Deadline can reveal.
Left Financial institution Photos received’t get cameras rolling on Season 5 of the Netflix franchise till June subsequent yr, that means the streamer will probably be with out new episodes of one in all its highest-profile exhibits in 2021.
Deadline understands that the filming break has at all times been a part of “The Crown”’s manufacturing schedule and isn’t associated to the coronavirus pandemic, though sources acknowledged that the hiatus has been helpfully timed.
The present would should be ramping up for manufacturing proper now if Season 5 was to be delivered in 2021, which sources stated would have been removed from easy given its ambition and mixture of studio and setpiece location shoots.
There was the same pause between Season 2 and three of “The Crown,” which had been separated by a two-year hole as Claire Foy stepped away from the throne and her inheritor Olivia Colman took her place.
With Season 5 filming in June 2021, the sixth and remaining season will shoot in 2022. Netflix announced in January that the fifth season could be the final, just for creator Peter Morgan to reverse his decision earlier this month.
Staunton will ascend to the function of Queen Elizabeth for the ultimate two seasons, with Lesley Manville confirmed as Princess Margaret. Netflix is about to announce different casting information over the approaching months.
In the meantime, Season four will drop later this yr and can take us by till 1990 when Margaret Thatcher was ousted as Prime Minister. “The X-Information” actress Gillian Anderson will star as Thatcher, whereas Princess Diana (performed by Emma Corrin) may also have a pivotal function within the new sequence, marrying Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) in 1981.
Left Financial institution simply managed to wrap the sequence earlier than coronavirus swept by tv manufacturing in March. Tobias Menzies, who stars as Prince Philip, told Deadline that it robbed the prevailing solid of a farewell celebration after they filmed their final scenes.