Elizabeth Debicki will play the Princess of Wales in Season 5 and 6 of “The Crown,” the series announced Sunday.
Debicki will join a new cast for the series that includes Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip. Staunton succeeds Olivia Colman and Claire Foy in the role.
Emma Corrin is playing Diana on the drama’s upcoming fourth season, but Debicki will take on the part for what’s sure to be the character’s most dramatic chapters. Seasons 5 and 6 are expected to be the show’s final seasons. No premiere date of Season 4 has been announced.
“Princess Diana’s spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many,” Debicki said on Twitter. “It is my true privilege and honor to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.”
Unfortunately, fans of the Netflix drama about the royal family may have to wait a little longer than usual for Season 5 to drop on the popular streaming platform. Left Bank Pictures, the company that produces “The Crown,” announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, production of Season 5 has been postponed until June 2021, meaning the season will likely arrive sometime in 2022.
Debicki, a 29-year-old Australian actress, is seen as a rising star after a breakout performance in Steve McQueen’s “Widows.” She also stars in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming thriller “Tenet.” Other credits include “The Great Gatsby,” “The Burnt Orange Heresy” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.