It was first reported in October that the actor would play the heir to the throne, yet Netflix‘s announcement is the first confirmation of the news.
A TV insider said: ‘Show bosses looked at several stars for the sought-after role, but he was by far their preferred actor. Now both parties are hammering out a deal.’
FIRST LOOK: The Crown bosses have released first look images of Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki as Prince Charles and Princess Diana
FIRST LOOK: Elizabeth bore a striking resemblance to Diana in the stunning new shot, in which she lay with letters while gazing in a pensive fashion
Dominic is taking on the role of Prince Charles at the time of his affair from Diana, Princess of Wales, with his second wife Camilla Parker Bowles.
It was announced last year that Elizabeth would take over from Emma Corrin and play Diana for the fifth and sixth series, which will cover Diana’s death in 1997.
The actress said of her casting last year: ‘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.’
While the new snap is the first official shot, earlier this month Elizabeth was seen on the set of The Crown for the first time, as she filmed scenes at Ardverikie Lodge Scotland alongside two young actors playing Prince Harry and Prince William.
Starring role: It was first reported in October that the actor (pictured, left, in April) would play the heir to the throne (pictured, right, in June), yet Netflix ‘s announcement is the first confirmation of the news
Critically acclaimed: Dominic will replace Josh O’Connor who has played the role for two series
Shooting at the majestic Ardverikie Estate, Elizabeth, 30, was the spitting image of the late princess and was dressed in light-wash jeans, a smart navy blazer jacket and a salmon pink shirt.
It came just a week after the very first image of Imelda Staunton in character as Queen Elizabeth II was revealed last month.
Netflix bosses again took to Twitter to upload a snap of the actress, 65, dressed as the monarch as she prepares to take over the regal role from current Queen actress Olivia Colman.
Casting: It was announced that Elizabeth had been cast as Princess Diana last August, and fans of the Netflix show were delight to hear that the Australian actress would be taking on the role
Past: Emma Corrin played the People’s Princess in the show’s fourth series
Alongside the image, The Crown’s official Twitter account simply wrote: ‘An early glimpse of our new Queen Elizabeth II, Imelda Staunton.’
Also joining The Crown in series five is Lesley Manville, 64, who is set to star as Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce, 73, will take over the role of Prince Philip for the seasons showing the Royals navigating the 1990s and early 2000s.
The Queen’s younger sister has previously been played by Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Kirby. While Tobias Menzies, 47, and Matt Smith, 38, have portrayed past versions of the late Duke of Edinburgh.
Her Royal Highness: The very first image of Imelda Staunton in character as Queen Elizabeth II was revealed last week
Before: Oscar-winner Olivia Colman has played the monarch for two series
James Murray will take on the role of Prince Andrew, replacing Tom Byrne, who played the Queen’s second son in series four.
James’ previous endeavours include his portrayal of Stephen Hart in ITV’s Primeval, playing Liam Carney in BBC One’s season four of Cutting It and acting as the lead DCI in completely improvised show Suspects.
The IT Crowd and Humans star Claudia Harrison has also been announced for the new season and will play Princess Anne.
The Crown series 5: James Murray is set to take on the role of Prince Andrew following his TV appearances in Cutting It and Primeval (James pictured in 2018)
New guard: Tom Byrne played the Queen’s second son in series four
Theo Fraser Steele, playing Princess Anne’s husband Timothy Laurence, has also been spotted filming this week.
The final two series of The Crown will cover the Royal Family’s history throughout the 1990s and into 2003, however it is not yet known which moments will be seen.
There are several poignant moments which could be used, including the Queen making a speech on her 40th anniversary of her accession in 1992, in which she called the year an ‘annus horriblis’.
She was referring to the breakdown of three of her children’s marriages; Prince Andrew, Princess Anne’s and Prince Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana.
Who’s who? The actress playing Princess Anne in The Crown’s fifth season has been revealed as The IT Crowd and Humans star Claudia Harrison
Throwback: The role of Princess Anne was previously played by Erin Doherty in The Crown’s third and fouth series
Royal role: The Crown’s fifth season will also feature The Thick Of It star Theo Fraser Steele (left) playing Princess Anne’s husband Timothy Laurence (right)
Happy: Princess Anne and Timothy, who married in 1992, are pictured above after celebrating their first wedding anniversary in 1993
Key historical moments involving the Royal Family between 1999 and 2003
1999: The marriage of the Queen’s son Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex: The wedding took place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
2000: The Queen celebrates the Millennium: Millennium celebrations take place throughout the UK. The Millennium Dome in London is officially opened by HM The Queen on January 1.
2001: Queen Elizabeth reacts to 9/11 terrorist attacks: A week after the tragedy she sent a message to the British ambassador to Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer to offer her condolences.
She wrote: ‘Each and every one of us has been shocked and numbed by what we have witnessed in these recent days.
‘At your service today, we think especially of the British victims. These are dark and harrowing times for families and friends of those who are missing or who suffered in the attack – many of you here today.
‘My thoughts and my prayers are with you all now and in the difficult days ahead’.
On September 13 The Queen ordered the Changing of the Guard ceremony to be paused for a two minute silence, followed by the playing of the American national anthem.
2002: The Queen’s Golden Jubilee: The Queen celebrated the milestone on February 6 and it was an international event to mark the 50th anniversary of her ascension to the throne.
On June 4, an estimated one million people headed to central London to line The Mall on the last day of the official celebrations.
Queen guitarist Brian May played ‘God Save The Queen’ from the roof of Buckingham Palace in her honour.
2002: The Queen dines at 10 Downing Street with the five living former Prime Ministers who served under her. She met with Tony Blair, John Major, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan and Edward Heath.
2002: The death of Princess Margaret: The Queen’s younger sister dies after suffering a stroke aged 71. The pair had had a troubled relationship after The Queen said she couldn’t marry her love Peter Townsend.
2002: The Queen Mother dies: She passed away aged 101 at Royal Lodge Windsor.