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17 August 2020 00:41

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The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki has been cast as Princess Diana for the final two seasons of The Crown. Elizabeth will take over from Emma Corrin in the hit Netflix show, playing Diana for the fifth and sixth series, which will include Diana's death in 1997. At 29, the Australian actress is the same age the late princess was in 1990, the year the fifth series begins. Royal role: The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki has been cast as Princess Diana for the final two seasons of The Crown The actress said of her casting: 'Princess Diana's spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many. 'It is my privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.' Meanwhile, show insiders reveal the Netflix show's creators were impressed with Elizbeth's 'star quality' as she beat out a number of big names for the coveted role.

The show insider said: 'Season five and six will see Diana emerging as an effortless icon with superstar quality but yet still retaining that fragility. Honour: The actress said of her casting: 'It is my privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one' Princess: Emma Corrin will make her debut as Diana in the upcoming fourth series of The Crown, which is expected to return to Netflix this autumn 'She was an instant hit - when Elizabeth walked into the room producers were immediately struck by a sheer force of personality and energy and they knew they had found the perfect Diana for the final chapters of The Crown. Talent: Elizabeth's next big screen role is in Christopher Nolan movie Tenet, after famously landing her breakthrough role as Jordan Baker in Baz Luhrmann's movie, The Great Gatsby Elizabeth's next big screen role is in Christopher Nolan movie Tenet, after famously landing her breakthrough role as Jordan Baker in Baz Luhrmann's movie, The Great Gatsby. She also won acclaim in the 2016 BBC drama The Night Manager, starring opposite Tom Hiddleston in the adapataion of John le Carré's novel. Emma Corrin will make her debut as Diana in the upcoming fourth series of The Crown, which is expected to return to Netflix this autumn.

Star: Elizabeth's next big screen role is in Christopher Nolan movie Tenet, after famously landing her breakthrough role as Jordan Baker in Baz Luhrmann's movie, The Great Gatsby (pictured with co-star Tobey Maguire) Rising star Emma, 24, plays the younger Diana who married Prince Charles in 1981. The long-awaited fourth series of the Netflix show will document Diana's meeting and eventual marriage to Prince Charles along with the births and early years of the two Princes. Emma's casting was announced in April 2019, with The Crown's creator Peter Morgan calling her 'a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer.' Accolades: She also won acclaim in the 2016 BBC drama The Night Manager, starring opposite Tom Hiddleston in the adapataion of John le Carré's novel While the fourth series will follow a young Diana and her marriage, the fifth instalment is thought to begin in the early nineties and end in the early noughties, with writer Peter Morgan saying Imelda Staunton would be 'taking The Crown into the 21st century'. Elizabeth's casting comes days after it was announced that Jonathan Pryce will take over the role of Prince Philip. It was revealed on Wednesday that the actor, 73, will join the star-studded cast of the hit Netflix show and portray the royal through the 1990s and 2000s.

Speaking after the announcement, Jonathan added that it will be 'a joy' to act alongside Imelda Staunton as the Queen and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret. New role: Elizabeth's casting comes days after it was announced that Jonathan Pryce will take over the role of Prince Philip 'To be doing so with Peter Morgan in the company of Imelda [Staunton] and Lesley [Manville] will be a joy.' Royally good: Imelda Staunton is to play the Queen in The Crown's final two series. The 63-year-old will take over the role of Elizabeth II for seasons five and six of the Netflix drama The actor's role in The Crown comes after he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Netflix's The Two Popes. In previous instalments of The Crown Prince Philip has been played by actors Matt Smith, in the first two seasons, and Tobias Menzies, in series three and four. Lesley Manville has been cast as Princess Margaret (right in 1966) for the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown Other cast members already confirmed for the final seasons of the hit show include Imelda, as the Queen and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret. 'Jonathan was the only name that was discussed to play Philip and the creators of the show were thrilled when he agreed to join the cast.' Creator Peter revealed he decided to 'return to the original plan,' meaning Imelda Staunton will now appear for two series as an older Queen Elizabeth II. Producers decided to a U-turn after their January announcement The Crown would end after its fifth series, with series four, starring Olivia Colman as The Queen, expected to air later this year. Peter said: 'As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons.' "The Crown" just got another major talent added to its fifth and sixth seasons. Even ahead of a premiere date for Season 4, Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki has just been cast as Princess Diana in the Emmy-winning Netflix's series' Seasons 5 and 6. Netflix shared the news via Twitter, including a statement from Debicki. "Princess Diana's spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many," Elizabeth Debicki said. It is my true privilege and honor to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one." Series creator Peter Morgan originally intended for the now-extended series to end with Season 5. For the upcoming fourth season, Emma Corrin will play a young Diana, who was born in 1961. Season 4 will also include Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, 2020 Emmy nominees Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter in their respective roles as Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, as well as Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip. In the fifth season, joining Debicki as Diana will be Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II. Emmy winner Claire Foy played the Queen in the first two seasons. Also in Seasons 5 and 6, Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret, originated by Vanessa Kirby before Bonham Carter. Debicki earned major acclaim for her turns in "The Great Gatsby" and "Widows," and also starred in the just-opened "The Burnt Orange Heresy," and is among the cast for Christopher Nolan's "Tenet." Last year, she earned a British Independent Film Award nomination for playing Virginia Woolf in "Vita & Virginia." Also playing Princess Diana, though on the big screen, will be Kristen Stewart in "Jackie" director Pablo Larraín's upcoming biopic. Elizabeth Debicki, who will be seen next in Christopher Nolan's "Tenet," has been cast as the late, famous royal in the fifth and sixth seasons of "The Crown." It is my true privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one," Debicki said in the Twitter announcement posted on Sunday afternoon. Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana in the final two seasons of The Crown (Seasons 5 and 6). The hit Netflix series has followed the royal family through several time periods, starting in the late 1940s and early 1950s with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's marriage and early careers. Princess Diana, who was born in 1961, will be introduced in the upcoming fourth season with actor Emma Corrin. "The Crown" recently expanded its cast on Thursday, adding Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip in the final two seasons. "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith originated the role, with "Game of Thrones" actor Tobias Menzies replacing him in seasons 3 and 4. Alongside Pryce and Debicki, Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth in the two seasons. Princess Margaret will be played by Lesley Manville in seasons 5 and 6, after turns by Vanessa Kirby and Helena Bonham-Carter. Debicki will be one of the few non-English actors featured in the series, following John Lithgow's role as Winston Churchill. The "Tenet' star is the latest actor to play Princess Diana as Kristen Stewart was cast in an upcoming biopic called "Spencer" by "Jackie" director Pablo Larrain.