Season 6 Production of ‘The Crown’ Is Officially Suspended Following the Death of Queen Elizabeth II
Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, production on the sixth season of ‘The Crown’ has been officially halted.
Variety has reported that production of “The Crown” was halted on Friday in memory of the late Queen in honor of her passing. The production of the show’s sixth and ostensibly final season is already underway, and filming has just about reached its midpoint.
A source close to Netflix has verified that production on “The Crown” was halted today “out of respect” for the royal family. “Filming will also be halted on the day that Her Majesty The Queen is laid to rest,” the statement read.
According to sources close to the show’s creator, Peter Morgan, “The Crown,” a successful drama about Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that inspired it, will likely suspend production on Season 6 following the death of the Queen. Variety was given confirmation of this by these individuals. There has not been a statement issued by Netflix as of yet.
At the age of 96, the queen, who had been on the throne since 1952, held the record for being the world’s oldest reigning monarch. According to statements made by her family on Thursday, she passed away at her home in the Scottish Highlands, Balmoral, while her family was present. Her reign is taken over by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Her passing comes just before the release of the fifth season of the Netflix show, which is scheduled for the month of November and will feature a new cast.
Imelda Staunton will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce will play the role of Prince Philip, Dominic West will play the role of Prince Charles, and Elizabeth Debicki will represent Princess Diana. The role of Camilla Parker Bowles has been given to Olivia Williams, and Jonny Lee Miller will play the role of Prime Minister John Major in the show.
In spite of the fact that specifics have been kept under wraps, it appears that the season will concentrate on the years leading up to Diana’s passing in 1997. Rufus Kampa, who is only 16 years old, was recently cast as Prince Harry, and Ed McVey, who is 21 years old, was recently cast as Prince William. This latest casting hints that Season 6 would investigate the aftermath of Diana’s death as well as the lives of the boys in the early 2000s.
Claire Foy, who portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the first season of the Netflix series “The Crown,” declared a year later that she “would loathe the thought of her watching it.” This is despite the fact that the real-life Queen Elizabeth II has never publicly discussed the show.
During that time, she gave an interview to Town & Country in which she stated that “when you’re playing a genuine person, you never want to be ghoulish.” “I don’t want to take someone apart piece by piece. I’d like to create a new person. Because of this, the last thing I want is for her to view it and think that I exaggerated anything.
What Will Season 5 of The Crown Encompass?
Each season of “The Crown” depicts the events of roughly a decade of the royal family’s history. Diana, on the other hand, was discovered to be having an affair and was similarly cautioned by Philip to present a united front with Charles.
Elizabeth ended the fourth season by berating Charles for his liaison with Camilla Parker Bowles and prohibiting him from proceeding with a divorce. Elizabeth also advised Diana to show a united face with Charles.
We are aware, however, that this is not the case, and it is expected that season five will focus on the gradual breakdown of Charles and Diana’s marriage, which was declared formally over in 1996 after a well-documented four-year separation.
According to The Independent, the 1995 interview between Diana and Martin Bashir will also be shown in season five. In response to a question on Charles’ infidelity, Diana stated, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
Despite the fact that Bashir was ultimately found guilty of using forged documents to secure the interview, he has remarked that he is “quite satisfied” with the interview since it allowed Diana to finally speak out against the royal family.
It is currently unclear whether or not the season will reflect Diana’s tragic death, which occurred in a car accident on August 31, 1997.
Due to the casting of Khalid Abdalla as Dodi, it is now certain that Dodi and Diana’s whirlwind romance, which began in the wake of Diana’s divorce, will be represented on screen. Nonetheless, it is probable that the series will lead up to that point. They were simultaneously in Paris at the time of Diana’s death.
This season will focus on Elizabeth’s relationship with John Major, who served as prime minister from 1990 to 1997 and was succeeded by Tony Blair. This relationship is another reoccurring element that tends to be developed over the course of multiple seasons.
1992 was also Elizabeth’s 40th year on the throne, but she referred to it as her “annus horribilis” (terrible year) due to marital scandals within the royal family, the fire at Windsor Castle, and the announcement that Charles and Diana were divorcing.