The Crown stars will reunite for a star-studded London premiere event ahead of the highly anticipated fifth series premiere.
The ew cast including Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki will hit the red carpet ahead of their debut in the hit Netflix series this weekend.
The premiere will take place at Theater Royal in Drury Lane, central London, on Tuesday, with a release scheduled for Wednesday.
Staunton takes over Olivia Colman as Queen, with Pryce as Duke of Edinburgh, with West and Debicki given the baton by Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin to become Charles and Diana.
Other new cast members include Lesley Manville, Olivia Williams, Claudia Harrison, James Murray, Salim Daw, Khalid Abdalla and Prasanna Puwanarajah, all of which are expected at the London premiere.
The new series is set to include storylines including Martin Bashir’s controversial Panorama interview with Diana and the ensuing media storm surrounding her relationship with Charles.
A young Prince William will be shown as a student at Eton, watching his mother’s interview on TV, and Charles will reportedly scream and swear in response to the broadcast.
Another storyline is expected to see Charles cut short his vacation with Diana to hold a secret meeting with Sir John Major at Highgrove in 1991 in which they discuss the possibility of dethroning the Queen.
The series has faced criticism from the likes of Dame Judi Dench and former prime ministers Sir John and Sir Tony Blair due to its plot.
Last month, Netflix issued a disclaimer in the description of the YouTube trailer for The Crown’s fifth series, saying the production was a “fictional script” and “inspired from real events”.
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But Dame Judi accused the performance of tending to “gross sensationalism” in the recent series, while Sir John said “fiction should not be portrayed as fact”.
A spokesman for Sir Tony described another scene, in which Charles is said to be trying to recruit the politician as an ally to protect his future, as “totally and utterly trash”. .
But The Crown’s new star, Australian actress Debicki, said the show’s audience knew it was “clearly fictional”.
When asked if she feels defensive about the criticism, she told The Guardian: “I don’t really. I understand what the program is and what it’s trying to do.
“I also understand the reaction to it. I think this is a time that has been told over and over again and will continue to be told, and I know how much care and respect people have in participating in these stories. “
Netflix’s hit royal series will return on November 9.
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