Call it a royal legacy: “The Crown” retires from its own ranks to cast teenage Prince William in the final seasons of the hit Netflix drama.
After searching far and wide for a young actor to fill the role, the producers have found one closer to home: Senan West, the 13-year-old son of Dominic West, who takes over from Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles in the fifth and six seasons.
In his first appearance on screen, the teenager will play “a slightly older Prince William, who portrays him as he begins to mature into a young man.” Variety reports. Meanwhile, information on who will take on the role of the young Prince Harry has not yet been released.
“It is believed that the young actor’s audition, submitted via tape by his agent, caught the attention of the show’s producers,” the business claimed.
The younger West will make his debut in the final episodes of the upcoming season, which is expected to hit the streaming service in November 2022, while his father will be highlighted more prominently.
With them are newcomers Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, while Imelda Staunton has long been confirmed to take the throne from Emmy winner Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II. Jonny Lee Miller will also appear as Prime Minister John Major, while “The Kite Runner” actor Khalid Abdalla will portray the death row inmate Dodi Fayed, who died in the infamous car accident in Paris with Diana.
The next chapter of “The Crown” will reportedly drive the drama into the 1990s and tell the story of the end of Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage and her final death in 1997, which took place when William was only 15 years old.
Filming for the upcoming season is currently underway as images of the cast and crew in full royal decor have begun circulating on the internet. Fans were especially excited about paparazzi pictures circulating earlier this month by Debicki in character, wearing Diana’s so-called “revenge dress”.
Despite previously announcing that its fifth season would be its last, showrunner Peter Morgan reversed course last year, announcing that the series would extend its run and end with a sixth season.
While the creators have not yet revealed how close “The Crown” will come to today, the final seasons will avoid covering any current royal drama and probably stop somewhere in the early 2000s.
Netflix is likely eager to keep “The Crown” for as long as possible, as the show delivered a clean sweep of all seven drama categories, including the Outstanding Drama Series award, at the Emmy Awards this year – a first in the history of awards.
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