London, Sept 10: ‘The Crown’, Netflix’s acclaimed series about Queen Elizabeth II and her family, has paused production due to the monarch’s death,
Following the death of the reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II, Netflix also paused the filming of The Crown on its network.
‘The Crown’ suspended production on Friday in honor of the Queen’s death, Variety has confirmed. The series is currently in the middle of shooting its sixth and supposedly final season, said sources.
“As a mark of respect, filming on ‘The Crown’ was suspended today,” a Netflix source confirmed. “Filming will also be suspended on the day of Her Majesty. the Queen’s funeral.”
‘The Crown’, the hit drama about Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped it, will likely stop production on Season 6 following the death of the Queen, sources close to creator Peter Morgan confirmed to media.
However, Netflix has not yet released any statement in this connection.
Her death comes ahead of Season 5 of the Netflix show, which was set to premiere in November and feature a new cast. Imelda Staunton was fielded to play Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce to portray Prince Philip, Dominic West to star as Prince Charles and Elizabeth Debicki stars at Princess Diana.
At the same time, Olivia Williams was ready to to cast as Camilla Parker Bowles and Jonny Lee Miller to appear as Prime Minister John Major.
Notably, the season 6 will seemingly focus on the 1990s, leading up to Diana’s death in 1997. Season 6 recently cast 16-year-old Rufus Kampa as Prince Harry and 21-year-old Ed McVey as Prince William, hinting that the season will explore the aftermath of Diana’s death and the boys’ lives in the early 2000s.
Although Queen Elizabeth II never spoke publicly about “The Crown,” Claire Foy, who played her in 2016’s first season of the show, stated one year later that she “would hate the idea of her watching it.”
“When you’re playing a real person, you never want to be ghoulish,” she told Town & Country at the time. “I don’t want to pick apart a person. I want to invent someone. So, I would hate for her to watch it and think I overdramatized anything.”