The Crown Season 5 won't premiere until 2022, but production has already started for the hit Netflix series. According to reports, the filming for The Crown kicked off in July, and it's expected to wrap up in the coming months.
Ahead of the show's premiere, Netflix announced the newest cast members to join The Crown Season 5.
Who are the cast members in The Crown Season 5?
Variety confirmed the casting of Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Al-Fayed in The Crown Season 5. His dad, Mohamed Al-Fayed will be played by Salim Daw.
Not much has been said about Abdalla and Daw's characters, but their casting confirms that Princess Diana's relationship with Dodi will be explored in the upcoming episodes of The Crown Season 5.
Princess Diana and Dodi became romantically involved with each other shortly after the late royal divorced Prince Charles. However, the Princess of Wales's relationship with Dodi was short-lived because they both died following a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.
Following their death, Dodi's father accused the royal family of conspiring to kill his son, as well as Princess Diana.
During a previous interview, Mohamed also claimed that Prince Charles knew what was going to happen to his ex-wife.
"He participated and I'm sure he knew what was going to happen because he would like to get on and marry Camilla and that is what happened. They cleared the decks. They finished her. They murdered her," he said (via Reuters).
However, Mohamed's theories remain unfounded and those the investigated the car crash rejected his claims.
As of late, it is still unclear whether Mohamed's allegations will also be featured in The Crown Season 5.
Other than Abdalla and Daw, new actors will also portray the roles of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and the other members of the royal family.
According to ET Online, the casting directors hire new actors to play the lead characters every two seasons.
In The Crown Season 5, Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce will play Prince Philip, Lesley Manville will portray Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Dibicki will play Princess Diana, Dominic West will play Prince Charles, and more.
As of late, new actors have not yet been cast to portray Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William, and Prince Harry.
What is the timeline for The Crown Season 5?
The Crown Season 5 will pick up shortly after the events from The Crown Season 4 that spanned between 1979 to 1990.
Last season was the first time that Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) was featured in the series. But her replacement, Debicki, will take over the vital role until the final season of The Crown.
Since The Crown will end after six seasons, and Debicki will continue to portray Princess Diana until then, this gives fans an idea about the series' timeline.
Princess Diana passed away in 1997 so the upcoming two seasons of The Crown will cover the events that took place between 1990 to 1997 and possibly even after.
A time jump and a flashback are also possible, and this is something that audiences should watch out for.
In 2016, Netflix's head of content Ted Sarandos said that their goal is to tackle The Crown throughout six seasons.
"The idea is to do this over six decades, in six seasons presumably, and make the whole show over eight to 10 years," he told The Hollywood Reporter.
What is the plot for The Crown Season 5?
If The Crown Season 5 will indeed tackle the royal family events between 1990 until after Princess Diana's demise, then fans can expect major storylines from the upcoming installments.
Some of the highlights between this timeframe include the fall out of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowle's affair, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's divorce, Princess Anne and Mark Phillips finalizing their split, Princess Diana and Dodi's death, and more.
Additionally, a fire also engulfed Windsor Castle during this time, and this led to the queen paying tax on her income and opening Buckingham Palace to help with the fund restoration.
Is there a trailer for The Crown Season 5?
Netflix has not released an official trailer for The Crown Season 5. But it won't be very long before the streaming platform drops one.
In the past, Netflix released the trailers for The Crown Seasons 1 to 4 weeks before the new seasons premiered.
Since The Crown Season 5 won't premiere until next year, it's possible the official trailer won't also be available until the end of the year.
Where to watch The Crown Season 1 to 4?
The first four seasons of The Crown are available to stream online and for free on Netflix.
Unfortunately, The Crown Seasons 1 to 4 is not available on other streaming platforms like Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max, Peacock, Disney Plus, and Apple TV+ because the series is exclusive content for Netflix.
If you are fascinated with the lives of the royals and can't wait to see how Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage fall apart, then you shouldn't miss watching The Crown Season 5. Since the new episodes are not yet available on Netflix right now, you might want to consider streaming the previous seasons first.