'The Crown' Season 5 Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot — All We Know So Far

Netflix's hit show The Crown will have a fifth season, and it is set to cover the 1990s a tumultuous period for the British monarchy, including the year Queen Elizabeth II described as her "annus horribilis".

The upcoming series will see a brand new cast play members of the British Royal Family as they navigate a new era of royal and public life. Newsweek has everything you need to know about the upcoming season of The Crown.

When is 'The Crown' Season 5 Out?

There is bittersweet news for fans of The Crown. Finally, there has been an update on the show's release date but unfortunately, it will be a long wait until the new series drops on Netflix.

On Saturday, September 25, Netflix released a 60-second video of Imelda Staunton on the set of The Crown Season 5, who had a "message" to deliver.

In the style of the Queen's traditional Christmas broadcast, Staunton revealed The Crown Season 5 will be coming to Netflix in November 2022.

She also paid homage to her predecessors, Claire Foy and Olivia Colman who played the role in the first and last two seasons respectively.

The November 2022 release date may not come as a huge shock, considering there was a two-year gap between seasons three and four.

Who Stars In The Crown Season 5?

The Crown Season 5 will feature a brand new cast. The latest outing continues on the tradition of the first four seasons, which saw a huge cast overhaul after season two.

The first two seasons spanned 1947 to 1964 and seasons three and four tackled 1964 to 1990.

Season five and six are set to cover the 1990s and as a result, the main cast will be a little older, bringing them closer to how we know them today.

BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton will portray Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown seasons five and six. She replaces Olivia Colman, who played role in seasons three and four.

Fellow BAFTA-winner and Oscar-nominee Lesley Manville will portray Princess Margaret, The Queen's sister in the new series, taking on the role from Helena Bonham Carter.

Game of Thrones and The Two Popes star Jonathan Pryce stars as the late Prince Philip in The Crown Season 5. He replaces Tobias Menzies who recently won an Emmy for his portrayal in Season Four.

The Affair's Dominic West will portray Prince Charles in the new season of The Crown, replacing Josh O'Connor; and Tenet's Elizabeth Debicki will portray Diana, Princess of Wales in The Crown Season 5, taking over from Emma Corrin. Both O'Connor and Corrin won Emmy awards for their performances in Season 4.

The Nevers star Olivia Williams stars as Camilla Parker Bowles, taking over from Emerald Fennell.

Trainspotting and Elementary star Jonny Lee Miller takes on the role of John Major, the Conservative Prime Minister of the UK from 1990 until 1997.

Imelda Staunton as The Queen
Dominic West Prince Charles
Elizabeth Debicki The Crown

What Will Happen in 'The Crown' Season 5?

Originally billed as the final season, the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown will follow Elizabeth II's reign in the late 20th century, finishing the series by bringing her reign into the 21st century.

Creator Peter Morgan changed his mind on ending the show after five seasons to do the story "justice".

He told Deadline: "As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons."

The 1990s were a turbulent time for the British Royal Family and in 1992, on the 40th anniversary of her accession, Queen Elizabeth II described the year as her "annus horribilis".

That year saw the breakdown of her children's marriages: her son Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson separated in March, her daughter Princess Anne divorced Mark Phillips in April and her eldest son Prince Charles announced his separation from Princess Diana at the end of the year.

In the same year, there was a fire at Windsor Castle and the opening of Buckingham Palace to the public to help pay for repair and restoration.

Princess Diana's death is expected to be addressed in either Season 5 or 6 of The Crown. Diana died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

At the time, the Queen received considerable criticism for not publicly addressing Diana's death in the immediate aftermath, and for not flying the flag at half-mast at Buckingham Palace. The evening before Diana's funeral the Queen made a live broadcast from Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to Diana, describing her as an "exceptional and gifted human being".

Is There A Trailer for 'The Crown' Season 5?

No, there is no trailer for The Crown Season 5 yet. A trailer is likely to drop closer to the show's release date in November 2022.

In the meantime, the first four seasons of The Crown are available to stream and download on Netflix now.

The Crown Season 5 is coming to Netflix in November 2022.