The Crown’s new Queen Elizabeth, Imelda Staunton, has spoken out about her new role and confirmed season five’s release date.
The actress, 65, will be taking over the portrayal in the upcoming series, replacing Olivia Colman, who depicted the Queen in seasons three and four.
Claire Foy originally had the part, playing the character during her younger years during the first and second seasons.
Speaking from an office on the set of The Crown season five, with pictures of her predecessors framed in the background, Imelda shared her excitement at taking over and teased when we could expect the show on our screens.
She said: “Hello, I’m Imelda Staunton, and I’m currently on the set of The Crown, where we have just begun filming season five,” she said.
“I’m delighted to be here, inheriting the role of Queen Elizabeth from two outstanding actresses. Most recently, the wonderful Olivia Colman, and who could forget the actress who originated the part, Claire Foy.”
“I will do my utmost to maintain the very high standard that they set,” she added.
“Hopefully, I look calm, collected and capable. My stomach, meanwhile, is doing somersaults.
“On behalf of the cast and crew, we look forward to bringing you the next season of The Crown, in November, 2022.”
The Crown season five will see an entire new cast take over the biopic series, with a time jump taking place to factor in the actor chance.
Tenet star Elizabeth Debicki will take over from Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, with Dominic West portraying Prince Charles, who was previously played by Josh O’Connor.
Olivia Williams will take over from Emerald Fennell in the role of Camilla Parker-Bowles.
It’s not yet known what year the series will pick up from, with season four ending on Christmas 1990.
However, 1992 was dubbed the ‘annus horribilis’ by The Queen - a Latin phrase for ‘horrible year’ - due to the scandals surrounding the Royal family at the time.
In that year, three divorces within the family were made public - Prince Andrew’s split from the Duchess of York, Princess Anne’s marriage to Captain Mark Phillips, and most prominently, Prince Charles’ separation from Princess Diana.
The separation would trigger a string of public interviews and scandals connected to Prince Charles’ ongoing relationship and affair with Camilla, before they would officially divorce in 1996.
A major fire broke out at the Queen’s home of Windsor Castle in November 1992, with Princess Anne marrying her second husband, Timothy Laurence, that December.
Joining the cast in a new role this season is Jonny Lee Miller, who plays conservative prime minister John Major. He would serve from 1990 to 1997, when labour leader Tony Blair was elected to take his place.
It’s expected the series will end in August 1997, when Princess Diana died in a tragic car accident while traveling with socialite and businessman Dodi Fayed in Paris, France.
Khalid Abdalla, who has previously appeared in The Kite Runner and United 93, has been reportedly cast to play Dodi.
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