The Crown Season Three Has Cast the New Prince Philip & We’re Hyped
Exciting news for fans of hit Netflix series The Crown: we might well have our new Prince Philip! Rumors are circulating that Avengers star Paul Bettany is in the final stages of talks to take over from Matt Smith in season three! It’s apparently a done deal — Bettany just needs to sign on the dotted line. When we heard that the entire current cast would be leaving after season two, every Crown fan was a bit gutted. However, this latest casting news is making us more and more excited about season three! Let's be real: Bettany is unequivocally pretty darn handsome.
For those who haven't had the joy of encountering Bettany before, he's an English actor who's most famous for his Hollywood endeavors. For one, he currently portrays the Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He'll be appearing in upcoming flick Avengers: Infinity War and other future films in the MCU. You might also recognize him from popular 2000s movies A Knight's Tale, A Beautiful Mind, and The Da Vinci Code. Bettany is also going to be starring alongside Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover in the upcoming movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. He's a busy man!
Bettany has fought off some strong competition to earn the role of Philip. Former Doctor Who actor David Tennant was a firm favorite to take over from fellow Doctor Matt Smith. Reports also linked Jude Law and Hugh Laurie to the role. However, reporters spotted Bettany's agent discussing filming schedules with the show's producers. It looks like the actor is pretty much on board!
This is the latest in a string of incredibly exciting The Crown casting announcements. We know for sure that acclaimed British actress Olivia Colman is taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth from Claire Foy. It's an apt choice! Colman is no stranger to the Royal Family. She actually portrayed Elizabeth's mother, the aptly titled Queen Mother, in the movie Hyde Park on Hudson. She's also due to portray another Queen of England, Anne, in the upcoming film The Favourite. She's got quite the royal credentials!
As for Colman's on-screen sister Princess Margaret, it looks like Harry Potter star Helena Bonham Carter will take over from Vanessa Kirby. Kirby even uploaded an Instagram pic of the two Margarets – past and present – last week! Bonham Carter is almost certain to totally nail Margaret's party-loving personality. She's famously rock-and-roll herself!
From what we've heard, there could well be a few more announcements coming up. Season three will see the Queen's two eldest children, Charles and Anne, reaching adulthood. It's still unclear who'll get the job of portraying this adult Prince and Princess! We're also going to meet Camilla Parker-Bowles, Charles's former mistress, and current wife. But will Princess Diana make her first appearance too? We'll have to wait and see! Netflix still hasn't officially confirmed that season three is even happening… However, we're sure the details will surface any day now.