The Crown casting for boy to play Prince William in the fifth series

A VERY regal role: The Crown’s makers put out casting call for a boy actor – aged nine to 13 – to star as a young Prince William in the show’s fifth series

  • The Crown has reportedly already begun looking for a boy to play Prince William
  • The series is looking for a youngster between the ages of nine and 13 to play him
  • Netflix reportedly put out casting calls to hundreds of schools and drama clubs
  • The search for a boy to play Prince Harry will begin later, a Netflix source said

The Crown’s casting directors have reportedly begun looking for a sandy-haired pre-teen boy to play Prince William in the much-anticipated fifth series of the hit Netflix show.

Netflix is said to have already put out casting calls to hundreds of top schools and drama clubs for a youngster to play the future king as preparations to film the fifth series get underway.

A Netflix source told the Times that the hunt for the Duke of Cambridge was in its early days, while the search for his younger brother, Prince Harry, would begin at a later stage.

Casting director Nina Gold is said to be looking for youngsters between the ages of nine and 13 to play Prince William, who was played in the fourth series by Lucas Barber-Grant.

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Netflix have reportedly put out casting calls to hundreds of top schools and drama clubs for a youngster to play Prince William (pictured in August 1995 with his parents and Prince Harry) in The Crown’s fifth series

Casting director Nina Gold is looking for youngsters between the ages of nine and 13 to play Prince William, who was played in the fourth series by Lucas Barber-Grant (pictured in series)

The source added that The Crown would not opt for ‘colourblind’ casting while searching for a boy to play Prince William, which was an approach taken by Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton.

Filming for the fifth series is set to get underway during the summer and will reportedly not premier until 2022, leaving eager fans waiting nearly two years for another series.

The next phase will cover the early 1990s, including the Windsor Castle fire and end of three of the Queen’s children’s marriages, but is is not known whether it will cover the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in Paris in August 1997.

Prince Harry recently addressed the Netflix series, saying it is ‘fictional’ but ‘loosely based on the truth’ and captures the feeling of being expected to put ‘duty and service above family and everything else’.  

‘They don’t pretend to be news, it’s fictional,’ Prince Harry said of The Crown on The Late Late Show with James Corden. ‘But it’s loosely based on the truth. 

‘Of course it’s not strictly accurate but it loosely it gives you a rough idea of that lifestyle and the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else and what can come from that.’ 

A Netflix source said the hunt for the future Duke of Cambridge (pictured in July) was at an early stage, while the search for his brother, Prince Harry, would begin later

Emma Corrin played Princess Diana (pictured) in the fourth series of The Crown and is set to be replaced by The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki for the final two seasons

Emma Corrin played Princess Diana in the fourth series of The Crown and is set to be replaced by The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki for the final two seasons.

The actress previously said of her casting: ‘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.’

The fourth series of The Crown, which premiered last November, showed Charles meeting and marrying an innocent Diana while maintaining his affair with the then-married Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Netflix are yet to announce who will take over from Josh O’Connor playing Prince Charles in the upcoming two final series.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Pryce, 73, will take over the role of Prince Philip and portray the royal through the 1990s.

Other cast members already confirmed for the final seasons of the hit show include Imelda, as the Queen and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret.

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