Paul Bettany in Talks to Star in ‘The Crown’


Paul Bettany is reportedly set to take over the role of Prince Philip in season three and four of The Crown.

The second series of Netflix’s royal drama screened last month (Dec17), and served as the last outing for the current cast, including Claire Foy and Matt Smith as a young Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

It’s expected the third series will be set in the ‘70s, and writer Peter Morgan has decided to cast older actors to take on the lead roles, rather than use CGI and prosthetics to age the current cast.

Olivia Colman has been confirmed to play the Queen, with Daily Mail journalist Baz Bamigboye reporting A Beautiful Mind actor Paul will portray her husband.

“#PaulBettany in negotiations about possibility of him portraying #PrincePhilip in @TheCrownNetflix in season three & four. No deal yet but talks are ongoing,” he tweeted.

The news comes days after actress Vanessa Kirby, who has played Princess Margaret in season one and two of the royal drama seemingly confirmed Helena Bonham Carter would be replacing her.

Honoured @thecrownnetflix

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Uploading a photo of her and Helena, she simply captioned it: “Honoured @thecrownnetflix.”

The Queen writer Peter is planning to tell the British monarch’s story over six seasons in total.