Netflix has unveiled the official trailer for The Crown‘s fifth season, which brings in Australian star Elizabeth Debicki (Tenet) as Diana Spencer and Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair) as Charles III.
Season 5 finds the Royal Family presented with possibly their biggest challenge to date; as the public openly question their role in ’90s Britain. As Queen Elizabeth II (Imelda Staunton, reprising the role she took on in season 4) 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 (West) pressures his mother to allow him to divorce Diana (Debicki), presenting a constitutional crisis of the monarchy. Rumours 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 upcoming season’s large ensemble also includes Jonathan Pryce as The Duke of Edinburgh; Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret; Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles; Jonny Lee Miller as John Major; Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne; Marcia Warren as the Queen Mother; James Murray as Prince Andrew; and Sam Woolf as Prince Edward.
The Crown season 5 will be launching globally on Netflix on November 9th.