The Crown has found its new Princess Margaret for the upcoming fifth and final season. Nominated for an Oscar for her role in Phantom Thread, Lesley Manville has signed on to take over where Helena Bonham Carter will leave off after the fourth season.
In January it was announced that the role of Queen Elizabeth II would be taken over by a fellow Oscar nominee, Imelda Staunton.
On The Crown’s official Twitter, Manville said “I could not be happier to be playing Princess Margaret. The baton is being passed on from two formidable actresses and I really don’t want to let the side down. Furthermore to play siblings with my dear friend Imelda Staunton will be nothing short of a complete joy.”
Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret in the fifth season of The Crown. pic.twitter.com/R5aZEBOW0t
— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) July 2, 2020
The fourth season finished production before the pandemic hit, so there is hope that Netflix will release it by the end of 2020. Season four is said to take place from the late 1970’s and bring us to 1990. Theories say that the fifth season will cover the 1990’s and maybe the early 2000’s. The 90’s brought an onslaught of family drama for the Queen so watching these two powerhouse actors bring that to life will be a thrill to watch.
Not much else about season five is known. The announcement of the two leading roles will hopefully soon be followed by who will be stepping into the roles of Prince Phillip, Princess Anne, and Prince Charles for the final season. Until then, fans will just have to wait to see what happens!