Tobias Menzies to play Prince Philip in Season 3 of Netflix's The Crown as Paul Bettany drops out
Tobias Menzies to Play Prince Philip in The Crown
Winter is coming to Buckingham Palace.
Tobias Menzies, ofGame of ThronesandOutlanderfame, will play Prince Philip in Seasons 3 and 4 ofThe Crown,Deadlinereports. The actor will take over from Matt Smith, who played the royal in Seasons 1 and 2 of the Netflix series.
Menzies is best known for his roles as Edmure Tully inGame of Thronesand Frank Randall/Black Jack Randall inOutlander. He'll join Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham-Carter, who will play Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret respectively, for the next two seasons ofThe Crown. Claire Foy and Vanessa Kirby originated those roles for Seasons 1 and 2.
Deadlinereports filming for Season 3 will begin this summer, which means a 2019 premiere is most likely. It will be shot back-to-back with Season 4. The new season will explore the '70s and '80s for the royal family, including the breakdown of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones's marriage and Prince Charles' introduction to royal duties.
The Crowncreator Peter Morgan planned from the start of the series to swap out each role for older actors as the characters aged. "I’ve got strong feelings about how far you can go as an actor," he toldScreenDaily. "I think you can age ten years younger than they are and ten years older and no more."
Paul Bettany was in talks to play Prince Philip earlier this year, but his deal fell through due to scheduling conflicts.
There's no word yet on who will play older iterations of Prince Charles, Princess Anne, the Queen Mother, or Princess Margaret's husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, but we're awaiting those casting announcements with eager anticipation.
Video: Tobias Menzies to Play Prince Philip on Netflix's 'The Crown'
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