Season 5 of The Crown will be its last, creator and writer, Peter Morgan, has confirmed.
The news means the show will wrap one season earlier than an expected sixth season.
Acclaimed actress Imelda Staunton has also been confirmed to replace Olivia Colman as the Queen.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to confirm Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty the Queen for the fifth and final season, taking The Crown into the 21st century. Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.
“At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop. I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”
Imelda Staunton said: “I have loved watching The Crown from the very start. As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts. I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”
Cindy Holland, the Netflix vice-president of original content, said: “I fully support Peter Morgan’s creative decision and am excited to see how he, Imelda Staunton and the cast and crew of season five bring this landmark series to a fitting and spectacular end.”
Ending the series after season five means the show is unlikely to tackle contemporary problems faced by the royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step down from royal duties, and the Duke of York’s friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Olivia Colman returns as the Queen for Season 4 at a date yet to be revealed.
Source: The Guardian