The Crown season 5: Bosses ‘struggling to cast for role of Prince Andrew’

The Crown: Emma Corrin discusses leaving the series

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Season five of The Crown, which is due to start filming in June, will pick up from where it left off in the early 1990s and is expected to cover events like Tony Blair’s election and Princess Diana’s death. Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Josh O’Connor and Tobias Menzies will not be reprising their roles. Instead, season five will see some new faces take on the iconic roles of the Royal Family. However, it has recently been reported that producers are finding it difficult to cast the role of Prince Andrew.

So far, Imelda Staunton will be leading the cast as Queen Elizabeth II in the new outing.

Playing her husband will be Game of Thrones actor Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip.

Completing the lead trio is Phantom Thread star Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret.

The only other actress confirmed so far is Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, who will be taking over from Emma Corrin as Princess Diana.

Dominic West has also been rumoured to take on the role of Prince Charles, although, it has not been confirmed.

According to The Sun, the production company for The Crown, Left Bank Pictures, are currently advertising on job website, Spotlight for actors to play the Duke of York.

The advert insists it’s “a very good role” and states they are looking for an actor in his mid-30s to early 40s.

A casting source said to The Sun: “Prince Andrew is one of the most unpopular members of the Royal Family and wannabe stars aren’t exactly queuing up to play him.”

Prince Andrew stepped back from his royal duties in 2020, following an interview with BBC Newsnight in November 2019, in which he was grilled by Emily Maitlis on his association with Jeffrey Epstein.

The interview, which was branded “disastrous” and “excruciating” was the culmination of years of statements from the Palace attempting to dispel increasing scrutiny of his relationship with Epstein.

When asked whether he regretted his friendship, he said he did not, due to the people he met and things he learned, although he later clarified in a statement that he does “unequivocally regret” his association with Epstein.

The interview came after Virginia Roberts – now named Virginia Giuffre – made claims that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times between 2001 and 2002 at the age of 17.

The Duke of York has always vehemently denied the allegations and claimed that at the time it was reported to have happened, he had taken his daughter, Princess Beatrice to a party at Pizza Express.

The prince has since received backlash for reportedly failing to assist the US with their investigations into Epstein, which his team have also denied.

Filming for The Crown is expected to begin in June 2021 when seasons five and six will likely once again be filmed back-to-back.

This should mean it will be released in 2022 in its usual November slot on a Sunday.

No plot details have been confirmed yet about season five of the much-loved show.

The biggest of these was Diana’s death in 1997 and the events which followed the heartbreaking tragedy.

Alongside this, The Crown might cover Tony Blair’s election as prime minister, John Major’s time in charge and Prince Andrew’s and Sarah Ferguson’s divorce.

Express.co.uk has approached Netflix and Left Bank Pictures for comment.

The Crown seasons 1-4 are available on Netflix now.

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