The Crown casts Dominic West as Prince Charles for final seasons

Dominic West cast in The CrownThe Crown has cast Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair) as Prince Charles for the last two seasons of the series.

While the upcoming season of the period drama centered on the British royal family will still star Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, the fifth and sixth seasons have already cast Imelda Staunton as the Queen, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, taking over from Helena Bonham-Carter. Emma Corrin will be playing the young Princess Diana in The Crown season four while Elizabeth Debicki has been cast as Diana for seasons five and six.

West will be taking over from Josh O’Connor, who also starred alongside him in the recent BBC television adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables where West played Jean Valjean while O’Connor played Marius Pontmercy. West is most known for his roles in American television, particularly on HBO’s The Wire and Showtime’s The Affair (for which he was nominated a Golden Globe Award.)

As reported by Variety, the fourth season will cover the period from 1979 to 1990 and will explore the courtship and marriage of Charles and Diana while the latter seasons will most likely portray their divorce and Diana’s death in 1997.

The synopsis of the fourth season is as follows:

“As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30.

While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, as the transformation from teenager to Princess of Wales takes place, it is anything but a fairy tale for Diana.”

The Crown season four will premiere on November 15 on Netflix.