Everything We Know About The Crown Season 4 Including The Arrival Of Princess Diana
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The Crown Season 3 has recently dropped on Netflix, so if you're anything like us, you would've binged the whole lot already. We couldn't help it, there was just so much scandal we couldn't prise ourselves off the sofa!
If that's the case for you too, you'll already be pining for The Crown Season 4. And whilst we know Olivia Colman will be sticking around for another season, there are going to be some new faces join the cast as we see the introduction of the characters including Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher.
But what do we know so far?
When will The Crown Season 4 land on Netflix?
There is no official date just yet, but what we do know is we shouldn't have to wait as long for the fourth instalment as the third.
The Crown's Twitter page suggested filming would begin in late 2019, so it is already well underway.
The tweet, back in April, was to confirm Emma Corrin's role as Lady Diana Spencer, but it dropped in the filming date too.
It read: "Emma Corrin will play Lady Diana Spencer in The Crown Season Four. Filming will begin later this year."
Emma Corrin will play Lady Diana Spencer in The Crown Season Four. Filming will begin later this year. pic.twitter.com/WNL0f2xZi3
- The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) 11 April 2019
Therefore, we're hoping for a late 2020 launch date. Plus, seasons one and two aired in 2016 and 2017 in November and December respectively, so that is a good indicator.
Who is set to join the cast of The Crown Season 4?
In Season 4, key actors will stay the same. Whilst the style of the show is that as the cast will change as characters age, the plan is to keep them the same for two seasons at a time.
Therefore, Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II), Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip), Helena Bonham-Carter (Princess Margaret), Josh O'Connor (Prince Charles), Ben Daniels (Antony Armstrong-Jones), Emerald Fennell (Camilla Parker-Bowles), Erin Doherty (Princess Anne) and Marion Bailey (Queen Mother) will be returning.
However, they will be joined by some new faces thanks to the introduction of some new characters.
Netflix announced in April 2019 that Emma Corrin would play Princess Diana and she said of the opportunity: "I have been glued to the show since the first episode and to think I'm now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal.
"Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring.
"To be given the chance to explore her through Peter Morgan's writing is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do her justice!"
Creator Peter Morgan said of the casting, via a statement through Netflix: "Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer.
"As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation."
Alongside her, Gillian Anderson will also join the cast as Margaret Thatcher.
She said in a statement: "I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of The Crown and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman.
"Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable, but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era."
The third confirmed actor joining the series will be in a more minor role, Geoffrey Breton as Captain Mark Phillips, who in real life was married to Princess Anne until their divorce in 1992.
What can we expect to see in The Crown Season 4?
Given that The Crown Season 3 ends in 1977, the next instalment will delve into the dramas of the eighties.
Netflix is yet to confirm the exact details, but we're expecting a lot of the story to centre around Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles' wedding and relationship, plus their 1983 tour of Australia followed by the births of their two sons, William and Harry.
Camilla is still included in the cast, so we imagine the show will delve into their affair. But in the eighties we saw a whole lot of other goings on.
Shots (fortunately blank) were fired at Queen at the 1981 Trooping the Colour ceremony that left her unharmed, but will no doubt be referenced. But the eighties also saw the Falklands War, Princess Anne marry Mark Phillips and Margaret Thatcher come to power.
A lot of previous seasons have taken a look at the Prime Ministers and their respective relationships with the Queen, so we expect to see more on that again.
Does The Crown Season 4 have a trailer?
Not just yet. Filming is still taking place so we don't expect to see a trailer until a couple of months before the show's launch date, which we're expecting to be at the end of 2020.
We'll keep you posted.
Will there be a Season 5 of The Crown?
There is set to be six seasons of The Crown in total, provided they continue to be well received.
Showrunner Peter Morgan always wanted at least six instalments.
Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos said to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016: "The idea is to do this over six decades, in six seasons presumably, and make the whole show over eight to 10 years."
It means we can expect three more season, which will hopefully keep us going for a few years yet.
Still not seen The Crown 3? Here's everything you can expect.
You can watch the third instalment of the show in its entirety on Netflix now.