Just in time to throw a little gasoline on the simmering fire that has been Great Britain for the last few months, here comes the almost literally explosive trailer to season five of The Crown.
Woof. No wonder Dame Judi Dench is so upset. Buckingham Palace’s press office is currently losing its shit. As for us, who are not Dames of the British Empire nor employees of the crown but who are a couple of opinionated bitches, we really only have one response to all this:
GIVE IT TO US NOW NOW NOW. But we lied. We also have some supplemental thoughts. First, it’s notable how little focus is put on Elizabeth Debicki, which makes us think there might be a more Diana-centric trailer down the road. Second, we hate to say it but Imelda Staunton just isn’t giving us QEII. The voice doesn’t sound right, the wig doesn’t look right and we’re not convinced she’s got the mannerisms down. We’ll refrain from further assessment until we’ve seen the season, but right now, we’re thinking no one did a better job at conveying Elizabeth’s personality and mannerisms than Claire Foy. We also can’t get excited over Dominic West, but Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret looks fantastic. As for the growing controversy surrounding this season and this series, we’re going to have much more to say in today’s podcast. For now, we’re just waiting for Netflix to drop those screeners on us.
The trailer showcases the brilliant new cast – Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne, Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles, Jonny Lee Miller as John Major, Salim Daw as Mohamed Al Fayed, and Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed – in their interpretation of the Royal Family characters that Peter Morgan first created in 2016.
Inspired by real events, this fictional dramatization tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign.
With the new decade in its stride, the Royal Family are presented with possibly their biggest challenge to date as the public openly question their role in ’90s Britain.
As Queen Elizabeth II (Imelda Staunton) approaches the 40th anniversary of her accession, she reflects on a reign that has encompassed nine prime ministers, the advent of mass television and the twilight of the British Empire. Yet new challenges are on the horizon. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the transfer of sovereignty in Hong Kong signals a seismic shift in the international order presenting both obstacles and opportunities. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing closer to home.
Prince Charles (Dominic West) pressures his mother to allow him to divorce Diana (Elizabeth Debicki), presenting a constitutional crisis of the monarchy. Rumors circulate as husband and wife are seen to live increasingly separate lives and, as media scrutiny intensifies, Diana decides to take control of her own narrative, breaking with family protocol to publish a book that undermines public support for Charles and exposes the cracks in the House of Windsor.
Tensions are set to rise further, as Mohamed Al Fayed (Salim Daw) arrives on the scene. Driven by his desire for acceptance of the highest order, he harnesses his self-made wealth and power to try and earn him and his son Dodi (Khalid Abdalla) a seat at the royal table.
The Crown Season 5 launches globally on Netflix on Wednesday, November 9th.
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