After a two-year-long wait, The Crown finally released its third season on November 17. There have been some serious changes as Claire Foy has been replaced by Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and the role of Prince Philip has been taken over by Tobias Menzies from Matt Smith, along with several other members of the leading cast. But are we going to see a fourth season?
Will there be a 4th season of The Crown?
Thankfully for all of its royal fans, there is going to be a season four.
Netflix has already confirmed there will be another series earlier this year.
Like with seasons one and two, the same actors in season three will feature in the upcoming series.
What’s even better is the series is already in production.
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Filming for seasons three and four was scheduled to take place back-to-back.
This is before another completely different cast is expected to take over with older actors replacing Colman and Menzies.
No official release date has been announced by Netflix for season four of The Crown just yet.
However, considering season one made its big debut in November 2016, season two in December 2017 and season three in November this year, it is likely season four will premiere around the same time in 2020.
There will be a few new faces joining the cast in the fourth season as well.
Actress Gillian Anderson, probably best known for playing Dana Scully in X Files, will be taking on the role of Margaret Thatcher.
The Prime Minister’s relationship with the Queen is expected to play a big part in the next season.
Season three finishes in 1977 and Thatcher was elected in 1979 and remained in office until 1990.
Joining her will be actress Emma Corrin who will play Lady Diana Spencer, the future Princess of Wales.
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Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) married Diana Spencer in 1981 and had their eldest son Prince William in 1982 and then Prince Harry in 1984 which all falls within the period to be covered by season four.
In a statement following the casting announcement, Corrin said: “I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal.
“Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring.
“To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity and I will strive to do her justice!”
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The timespan for season four hasn’t been confirmed yet but it should be from around 1977 up to about 1990.
During this time, we’ll be likely to see the disagreements had between Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II over a number of issues including Apartheid in South Africa and the 1982 Falklands War.
But fear not, it seems like we are also to expect a fifth and sixth season as well.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, writer Peter Morgan said: “The idea is to do this over six decades, in six seasons presumably, and make the whole show over eight to 10 years.”
The Crown season 4 is available on Netflix.
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