The Crown: Paul Bettany in talks to play Prince Philip

Lawrence Kim
January 21, 2018

The Crown has starred Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother and Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden, along with newcomers Goode and Michael C. Hall.

Creator Peter Morgan always meant to change the cast as the characters aged and Bettany would join fellow newbies Olivia Colman (Elizabeth) and Helena Bonham Cater (Princess Margaret), who have taken over from Claire Foy and Vanessa Kirby respectively.

Two cast members have been confirmed for the upcoming season of the Netflix drama. It is thought that Bettany is close to closing the deal, but both Netflix and Sony Pictures Television Studios have declined to pass comment.

Creator Peter Morgan always meant to refresh the show's cast every two seasons as the series jumps forward in time to portray the life of Queen Elizabeth II. The first two seasons showed us the early days of Elizabeth's reign and the struggles that she had within her marriag.e Things may be a bit more stable moving into seasons 3 and 4, but there is still quite a bit of chaos that will transpire in other forms.

The Crown is meant to chronicle Queen Elizabeth's reign from her coronation to the present day, with the first season covering her marriage to Prince Philip in 1947 and the second season ending with the birth of Prince Edward in 1964. Another recasting is presumed to follow for the Queen's more recent years and will cover events like Princess Diana, but fans should still expect two full seasons of Bettany if he nabs the role. The British actor has been a major part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since its inception, as he's voiced Tony Stark's trusty A.I.

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