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The Crown season 5 gives first look at Princess Diana and Prince Charles

The upcoming season of the Netflix show features Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West as Diana and Charles.

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Helena Bonham Carter in The Crown. 

Netflix on Tuesday showed off its first promotional shots of the actors playing Princess Diana and Prince Charles in the upcoming fifth season of The Crown. Once again, they've made Prince Charles way too handsome. Which is unavoidable when you consider that Dominic West (who most famously starred in The Wire) is playing him.


Too handsome. Way too handsome.


Elizabeth Debicki, however, is an absolute dead ringer for Princess Diana. You might remember her from stuff like The Great Gatsby.


This is a pretty astonishing likeness.


Fans of the show will be well aware these are new castings. In season 4 of The Crown, Charles and Diana were played by Josh O'Connor and Emma Corrin. Both were fantastic, so hopefully these two can carry the torch. 

The Crown regularly shifts to new cast members as they age in the show. The Queen has been played by Claire Foy and Olivia Coleman. In season five she'll be played by Imelda Staunton. Whereas Coleman was an almost bubbly presence, I wonder if Staunton will bring a coldness to her portrayal of the Queen. 


Imelda Staunton as the Queen, in the upcoming fifth season of The Crown.


Season five of The Crown has started shooting and is expected to premiere at some point in 2022.