‘The Crown’ Casts Amir El-Masry as Young Egyptian Billionaire Mohamed al-Fayed

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Netflix’s “The Crown” continues to build out its new cast for Season 5, tapping Amir El-Masry (“Limbo,” “The Night Manager”) to portray a young Mohamed al-Fayed, TheWrap has learned.

The Egyptian billionaire and former Harrods owner is the father of Princess Diana’s former partner Dodi, who died in the same 1997 car crash that claimed the life of the Princess of Wales. In 2008, al-Fayed described Prince Philip as a “Nazi” and a “racist” when accusing him of conspiring to murder Princess Diana.

Salim Daw (“Oslo”) has previously been cast as an older al-Fayed, suggesting that Season 5 will toggle back and forth in time and provide a more complete picture of those caught in the web of this tragic incident. Dodi will be portrayed by Khalid Abdalla (“The Kite Runner”) this season while Elizabeth Debicki (“Tenet”) will tackle the role of Diana.

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Other main cast members of “The Crown,” which swaps out actors every two seasons as the story moves forward in time, include: Imelda Staunton (Queen Elizabeth), Jonathan Pryce (Prince Philip), Lesley Manville (Princess Margaret), Dominic West (Prince Charles), Olivia Williams (Camilla Parker Bowles), and Jonny Lee Miller (Prime Minister John Major).

Variety first reported the news of El-Masry’s casting.

Season 5 of “The Crown” will debut on Netflix in November.

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