A prequel to The Crown is reportedly in the pipeline 7 months ago

A prequel to The Crown is reportedly in the pipeline

The series would cover the royal family in the wake of Queen Victoria's death.

As we eagerly await the return of The Crown, it seems a prequel is currently in the works.

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According to a report by Variety, the show's producers are in talks over a prequel, which would focus on the period in British history in which four kings reigned over the course of 50 years after the death of Queen Victoria.

The kings in question are Edward VII, who ruled from 1909-1910; George V, who ruled from 1910-1936, Edward VIII, who ruled in 1936, and King George VI, who ruled from 1936-1952.

The prequel is only in the discussion phase, but in the meantime, we have the two final seasons of The Crown to look forward to, the first of which, is due to come out later this year.

Season five will cover the royal family during the early to mid-90s, and will feature a new cast.

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Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki will take over the roles of Prince Charles and Princess Diana from Josh O'Connor and Emma Corrin, respectively. Imelda Staunton will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Olivia Colman, Jonathan Pryce will play Prince Philip and Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret.

Earlier this month, it was reported that The Crown is considering including Prince William's early relationship with Kate Middleton if they are able to find the right actress to play her.

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A source told The Sun that featuring the Duchess of Cambridge on the show will be an "easy win" for The Crown, as it will "get more people watching".

The insider added that her inclusion would appeal to viewers "particularly as it will show her relationship with William just as their romance starts to blossom when they were both students".

They did add, however, that it's not a done deal. The sourced noted that the story of Kate and Will meeting at university is "not necessarily a crucial part of the storyline", but that it would be a "bonus".