Several movies and television shows have suspended production due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cast and crew of The Crown, which was recently filming season four, was able to complete shooting the latest series of episodes early, giving fans something to look forward to!
The Netflix show has been very busy in the last few weeks filming in various areas in the UK and recreating iconic moments from the Royal Family. In light of COVID-19, production was pushed in an effort to wrap the season earlier, and the hard-working cast and crew were able to finish before they'd anticipated.
"The Crown has completed principal photography on season four, having pulled the final shoot date forward by a few days," a Netflix spokesperson confirmed to RadioTimes.com on March 18.
There has yet to be a confirmed release date. Reports suggested the new instalment of The Crown would be released this year, possibly in November or December. But that could change in light of COVID-19.
What is certain is fans will see most of The Crown's season three cast return, including Olivia Colman as the Queen, Tobias Menzies playing Prince Philip, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and Emerald Fennell portraying Camilla Parker Bowles.
The fourth season of The Crown will be the show's penultimate one, ahead of the confirmed fifth and final season.
Creator Peter Morgan previously spoke about his uncertainty about whether the show would continue to present day.
"At the outset, I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons, but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five, it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision."
Few details have been announced about the last season. The biggest news is that Imelda Staunton has been confirmed to play Queen Elizabeth II. The actress is known for her role as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.
As of this writing, the World Health Organization says there have been more than 209,000 cases of coronavirus in 168 countries. Canada has 846 of those cases, according to Health Canada. In the United Kingdom, where The Crown production is mostly based, there are more than 2,630 COVID-19 cases.