Netflix has been slowly revealing the names of the cast members for the new season of The Crown. However, they revealed the new Princess Diana for the show will be portrayed by Elizabeth Debicki, while Prince Charles will be played by Dominic West. Fans are having a hard time trying to stay calm about it.
The Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, best known for her roles in The Night Manager and Guardians of the Galaxy, will be playing the people’s princess in the fifth and sixth season, succeeding Emma Corrin. Her look has as Princess Diana has been revealed in tandem with that of Dominic West and Prince Charles. However, the fanfare certainly focuses on Debicki’s announcement.
The next season of The Crown will start in the early ‘90s, documenting John Major’s tenure as Prime Minister alongside some of the darkest moments in the Queen’s house. That includes the very publicised falling apart of Diana and Charles’ rocky marriage.
The season shall show the Duchess of York, Sasha and her marriage to Prince Andrew disintegrating as well. It will be interesting to note the viewer reaction to Prince Andrew, especially in the light of the severe sexual assault allegations against him.
While Corrin played the more youthful and sprightly version of a younger Diana, devoid of the worries of the world, Debicki’s portrayal will be of a more mature and poignant Diana.
The snapshot shared by Netflix seems to confirm our speculations as Diana looks lost deep in thought, probably about the impending doom in her marriage as well as public life.
Joining West and Debicki as a part of the new cast is the veteran actress Imelda Staunton, taking over Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II. Lesley Manville from Phantom Thread will be seen as Princess Margaret, while Jonathan Pryce will star as the new Prince Phillip.
Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles and Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister Major will also be seen this season.
While the release date has not yet been confirmed, it seems that production is underway and most likely on the verge of its finish.