The Crown will begin filming its highly anticipated fifth series in JULY

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The Crown begins filming its highly anticipated fifth series in JULY – with a new cast taking over and Imelda Stanton portraying the Queen.

The Crown will begin filming its highly anticipated fifth series in July.

According to Variety, the crew is already beginning to return to Elstree Studios before the all-new cast arrives to shoot scenes for the hit Netflix drama.

In series five, Imelda Staunton will take over from Olivia Colman as the Queen and Elizabeth Debicki portray Princess Diana after Emma Corrin starred in series four.

Exciting!  The Crown will start filming the highly anticipated fifth series in July (photo, Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in series four of the Netflix hit)

Exciting! The Crown will start filming the highly anticipated fifth series in July (photo, Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in series four of the Netflix hit)

It is thought that the next season will also be introduced Dominic West as Prince Charles, who played Josh O’Connor in series four and tipped for the role in a recent interview.

Lesley Manville, 64, will star as Princess Margaret, previously played by Helena Bonham Carter. Jonathan Pryce, 73, will take over the role of Prince Philip.

Filming on Series 5 requires strict Covid rules to be followed, but the UK hopes to ease restrictions throughout the summer, with some measures already changing.

The last two series of The Crown will cover the history of the royal family in the 1990s and 2003, but it is not yet known which moments will be seen.

Major roles: In series five, Imelda Staunton (pictured in February 2020) will take over from Olivia Colman as the queen

Major roles: In series five, Imelda Staunton (pictured in February 2020) will take over from Olivia Colman as the queen

Major roles: In series five, Imelda Staunton (pictured in February 2020) will take over from Olivia Colman as the queen

There are several poignant moments that can be used, including the Queen giving a speech on her 40th anniversary of her accession in 1992, calling the year an ‘annus horriblis’.

She was referring to the breakup of her children’s three marriages; Prince Andrew, the divorce of Princess Anne and Prince Charles from Princess Diana.

Other notable events during the period included a fire at Windsor Castle, her golden wedding anniversary in 1997, and the deaths of Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother and Princess of Wales.

Speaking of participating in the hit show, Imelda admitted that she is ‘afraid’ of taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth in The Crown.

Bring it on: Elizabeth Debicki (pictured) will play Princess Diana for the next season

Bring it on: Elizabeth Debicki (pictured) will play Princess Diana for the next season

Bring it on: Elizabeth Debicki (pictured) will play Princess Diana for the next season

Throwback: The Princess of Wales in 1982

Throwback: The Princess of Wales in 1982

Equivalent: Emma as Diana in The Drown

Equivalent: Emma as Diana in The Drown

Equivalent: Emma (pictured right in character) portrayed the late Princess of Wales in the fourth season of Netflix’s hit royal drama The Crown. Pictured left, Diana in 1982

The 65-year-old actress succeeds Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, but says she has an ‘extra challenge’ to play a recent version as it will still be fresh in the audience’s memory.

Speak against The sunImelda said: When Claire was in the first series, it felt like history to all of us. And after that with Olivia, it seems like history again.

Now in 1991 we start playing someone much more recent. That’s the extra challenge I have, people saying, “Oh, I don’t think she’s quite like that.”

Many members of the cast of series four have also joked that they will not advise their successors.

Oscar-winning actress Olivia recently said, ‘I didn’t talk to Imelda and wouldn’t dare give advice on playing the queen.

‘Imelda is extraordinary and she’s all going to do a lot better than me. Can’t wait to see what she’s doing. ‘

While Josh, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Charles, also seemed to confirm that his successor was The Affair star Dominic West – and joked that if the 51-year-old approached him for advice in a interview with GQ.

He said, ‘Playing that character has brought me a lot of joy. But it’s lovely to get out and say, “Great. Now give it to Dominic West” … But if Dominic West came up to me to ask me for advice, I’d laugh at him. I’d say, “Stupid! You’re Dominic West!” ‘

Action-packed: The Crown's fourth series, which premiered last November, features Charles meeting and marrying an innocent Diana while retaining his affair with then-married Camilla Parker-Bowles (photo Corrin and Josh O'Connor in The Crown )

Action-packed: The Crown's fourth series, which premiered last November, features Charles meeting and marrying an innocent Diana while retaining his affair with then-married Camilla Parker-Bowles (photo Corrin and Josh O'Connor in The Crown )

Action-packed: The Crown’s fourth series, which premiered last November, features Charles meeting and marrying an innocent Diana while retaining his affair with then-married Camilla Parker-Bowles (photo Corrin and Josh O’Connor in The Crown )

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