Season five of The Crown won’t premiere on Netflix until 2022 as the series will take a filming break ahead of the final cast changeover.
Olivia Colman will conclude her role as Queen Elizabeth II in season four before being replaced by Imelda Staunton for the final two seasons. Helena Bonham Carter will finish up as Princess Margaret, and Lesley Manville will then take over the role for seasons five and six. Emma Corinne will debut in this season as Lady Diana Spencer.
Shooting for season four has concluded, but a release date by Netflix has not been announced. It will continue where season three left off and go until 1990.
Filming by Left Bank Pictures will begin in June 2021 for season five. According to Deadline, this filming break has been planned from the beginning of the series and is not related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A similar pause in filming took place between seasons two and three.
The final season is expected to be filmed in 2022.
The actresses for the roles of The Queen and Princess Margaret have been announced for season five and six, but Netflix has yet to reveal who will take over the characters. Those announcements are expected later this year.