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The Crown season 5 production is set to start in July

The fictionalised royal family saga, The Crown, is set to begin filming season five in July, according to recent reports. The Netflix series has booked out space at Elstree Studios this summer, where the bulk of the show will be filmed.

Variety reports that the fifth season will be filmed under strict Covid-19 safety protocols and will also feature a revamped cast moving forward, with Elizabeth Debicki starring as Princess Diana, while Dominic West will take on the role of Prince Charles with Imelda Staunton starring as the Queen herself, and Lesley Manville portraying Princess Margaret.

The show gathered a lot of interest recently after Prince William spoke to James Corden about the difference between fictionalised portrayals in the series and real-world press intrusion. “They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fiction,” he said. “But it’s loosely based on the truth.”

“I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself. Because it’s the difference between – that [The Crown] is obviously fiction, take it how you will, but this [the press] is being reported as fact because you’re supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”

As of yet there are no announcements regarding release dates or when the fifth season is likely to land on the streaming platform. However, previous seasons haven’t taken much longer than a year to reach completion which is a promising form for eager fans.

In the meantime you can catch a trailer for season four below.

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