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The Crown drops surprise sixth season – everything we know about the new series

The Crown drops surprise sixth season – everything we know about the new series

Creators of The Crown have surprised fans with the announcement of a sixth, and final, season of the show. 

The Crown drops surprise sixth season – everything we know about the new series

Fans of the hit royal drama can rejoice: The Crown season six will be coming to your screens.

Previously, Netflix had announced that The Crown would end after five seasons. But the show’s creator Peter Morgan, has decided the show needs more time to tell the story in full.

“As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” said Morgan.

While fans are eager to watch the next season of The Crown, filming of season 5 has been delayed due to the pandemic, pushing the release date back to 2022.

This means season six of The Crown won’t be arriving anytime soon (expected release of 2023), but some details have been revealed.

What can we expect from The Crown season six?

First off, don’t expect to see Harry and Meghan entering the storyline. Morgan has made it clear that season six will not bring the story any closer to present-day, rather “it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”

As the last season of the hit show, the storyline for The Crown season six will end in the early 2000s and will depict the breakup of Diana and Charles marriage and Diana’s tragic death in 1997.

It is rumoured that season six will portray two other significant deaths in the royal family – Princess Margaret, who died of a stroke in February 2002 and the Queen Mother who passed away a month later at the age of 101.

Who is in the cast?

Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki is taking over the role of Princess Diana from Emma Corrin for season five and is expected to continue to role in season six.

“Princess Diana’s spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many,” Debicki said in a statement. “It is my true privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.”

Elizabeth Debicki will be playing Princess Diana and Dominic West is rumoured to play Prince Charles

Harry Potter’s Imelda Staunton will take over from Olivia Coleman for the role of Queen Elizabeth II, while Lesley Manville, who starred in Daniel Day-Lewis’ Phantom Thread will play Princess Margaret, following Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of the Queen’s sister.

Other newcomers are Olivia Williams in the role of The Duchess of Cornwall, while Dominic West is rumoured to take of the role of Prince Charles.

Casting has yet to be confirmed for the Queen Mother, Prince Andrew or Sarah Ferguson.

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