Netflix’s drama The Crown, which chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, has halted production on its fifth season in the wake of the Queen’s death.
“As a mark of respect, filming on The Crown was suspended today,” Netflix said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday. “Filming will also be suspended on the day of Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral.”
The longest-reigning monarch in British history died Thursday at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland. She was 96.
In an email to THR’s sister site Deadline, series creator Peter Morgan called the show “a love letter” to the queen and said filming would halt out of respect.
The Crown is in production on its sixth season; its fifth installment, which is slated to premiere in November, will star Imelda Staunton as the queen, Dominic West as Prince Charles (now King Charles III) and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana. They’re taking over the roles played by Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin in season four.
The show has also cast actors to play Charles and Diana’s sons, William (West’s son Senan, Rufus Kampa and Ed McVey) and Harry (Teddy Hawley and Will Powell). Meg Bellamy will play Kate Middleton, William’s future wife, in season six.
In addition to The Crown, Morgan has chronicled Queen Elizabeth II’s life in the 2006 feature film The Queen and the play The Audience.
This story originally posted Sept. 8, 5:34 p.m.
‘The Crown’ to Pause Filming After Queen Elizabeth II’s Death