Its been several years of family drama and monarchy mayhem. Now, the Netflix series “The Crown” is set to come to a close after five seasons.
The news was confirmed in a tweet on Friday. The announcement stating that Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth II for the fifth and final season.
Staunton said in a statement:
“I have loved watching ‘The Crown’ from the very start. I am genuinely honored to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking the crown to its conclusion.”
Staunton will follow in the steps of Claire Foy and Olivia Colman. Foy, winning several awards for her performance including a Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Colman also received a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
As a whole, the show has won multiple awards at the Emmys, Screen Actors Guild, and the Golden Globes. This includes the 2017 Golden Globe for best television drama.
Debuting in 2016, the show focuses on Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. In a statement, the show’s creator, Peter Morgan, said:
“At the outset I had imagined the ‘The Crown’ running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop.”
Going on to add, “I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”
Morgan also wrote the script for the 2006 film, “The Queen.” A film that earned Helen Mirren an Academy Award for best actress.
The roles of Elizabeth, Philip, and other royals have been recast every two seasons. Something Morgan said was in part to reflect their advancing ages as the show moves through history.
“Right from the start, we decided that if it all worked and kept going, we would recast every two seasons.”
A release date has not yet been set for the fourth season. However, it is set to cover Margaret Thatcher’s premiership as well as Prince Charle’s relationship with Princess Diana.