‘The Monarchy. Above all else!’
Netflix original series The Crown, that follows the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, is set to return with The Crown Season 4. The production work for the fourth season began even before the third season was aired and despite the pandemic the profoundly confident cast and crew managed to wrap up the filming. Netflix’s crown jewel will hit the screens very soon, till then hold onto that gaudy throne of yours and enjoy the trailer followed by all the updates.
The Crown Season 4 Trailer
The trailer shows some major developments in the characters of every actor. Beside these character developments, some new and formidable characters have also been introduced in the drama.
The plot of The Crown Season 4
Season 4 is going to be the more eventful than any of the previous seasons of the series. The season will cover the Queen’s silver jubilee years in late ’70s and go all the way up to early ’90s. For those of you who do not know, two highly influential women became a part of the British royalty and British politics during this period: Diana, Princess of Wales, and Margaret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minister.
The official synopsis of Netflix for The Crown Season 4 said that Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) as well as her family find that they are preoccupied in safeguarding the line of succession by finding a perfect bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is 30 but still unmarried… Charles on the other hand, has relationship with a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin). And this provides an appropriate fairytale to unite the British people. However, behind closed doors, the Royal family is still getting divided.
The season begins with the Queen doubtful about her silver jubilee celebrations amidst a popular unrest in the nation. She is of the mood that since the people are not happy, she shall not celebrate. However, the other royals are able to persuade her stating that the jubilee celebrations will give the people a reason to celebrate.
This season also focuses a lot of spotlight on the women, particularly the newly elected British Prime minister, Margret Thatcher, who has had her fair share of bitter moments with the Queen. Enter, Princess Diana, young and zestful like a sanguine summer breeze. But tragedy follows the young royal. The show features the royal couple, Charles and Diana, during their historic tour of Australia in 1983. Not to mention the love triangle involving Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles that messes up the lives of the royalty.
The clash between Thatcher and the Queen will be an interesting plot to cover. The audience will get to see the two ladies’ conflicting views on Apartheid in South Africa. The Falklands war of 1982, in which Prince Andrew served, and the Miner’s Strike of 1984-85 will also be featured in the movie. The last two seasons also featured the U.S. President’s visits so we can meet Ronald Reagan in The Crown Season 4. This season could feature the 1981 assassination attempt on the Queen when six shots were fired on her during the Trooping of the Colour.
The cast of The Crown Season 4
The show’s cast changes every two seasons to resemble the years of the Queen’s life that the season chronicles. Presently, the cast is going to be the same as that of season 3 with few major additions in order to fill the new, bigger roles.
Oscar winner Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies will reprise their roles as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip respectively. We will also have Josh O’Connor, who’ll be playing the role of Prince Charles, Emerald Fennell will be seen playing Camilla Parker-Bowles, the beautiful Erin Doherty will play Princess Anne, and Helena Bonham Carter will be seen playing Princess Margaret. Just so that you know, Helena Bonham Carter once said that her uncle used to date Princess Margaret!
The existing cast members will be joined by some newer members who will be playing some very famous and influential characters from history. Gillian Anderson is set to star as Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Crown Season 4, and it’s likely that her leadership and her relationship with the Queen will be brought to fore in season four.
Anderson stated the Thatcher was indeed a formidable role to play but she was “relishing exploring beneath the surface” and it was an opportunity for her to play such a “complicated and controversial” woman.
The other lady in the limelight is going to be Diana, Princess of Wales, played by Emma Corrin. According to Josh O’Connor, Charles will be portrayed under the harsher light in The Crown Season 4 and the audience will get to see the beginning of a love triangle between Charles, his future wife Camilla Parker-Bowles and her husband Andrew Parker-Bowles that ultimately affects Diana.
Our beloved Clair Foy will also return for one scene that features a 21 years old Elizabeth delivering a speech in south Africa.
The show’s creator Peter Morgan has even selected the new set of cast who will be featured in season 5, let’s save that one for later. In January 2020, Morgan said that Season 5 will be the final season of The Crown and he was grateful to Netflix and SONY for supporting him in this decision.
The Crown Season 4: Release date
Mark your calendars for November 15, 2020. Josh O’Connor had revealed in an interview that we could expect the show to arrive by the end of this year. In the midst of this dolorous pandemic The Crown Season 4 is one big TV event to look forward to. This is one show that remained unaffected by the pandemic although there were speculations that it might have to face major impediments in production. Netflix officially confirmed the release date in August.
Till then we can only wait for this much-needed Thanksgiving gift from Netflix.