Paul Bettany Nearing Deal to Play Prince Philip in The Crown

Paul Bettany Nearing Deal to Play Prince Philip in The Crown

Paul Bettany Nearing Deal to Play Prince Philip in The Crown

Bettany has been married to actress Jennifer Connelly since 2003.

"The Crown" season 3 may have just found its new Prince Philip and he is an Avenger.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Bettany is now in talks to join the series, with the actor reportedly very close to clinching the deal. The source for the potential casting is none other than the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom who say that the Avengers and Solo: A Star Wars Story actor is in active negotiations for the part, played by Matt Smith in the first two seasons.

The cast list for Netflix's third season of The Crown continues to add impressive new names to its call sheet. Prior to the announcement, Kirby all but confirmed the news on Instagram with a photo of her and her successor. 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.

While it's hard to imagine anyone other than the marvelous Claire Foy in the role of Queen Elizabeth II, series creator Peter Morgan has always said that he would introduce a new cast to play the royals as they age on the show. This per The Crown's historical consultant Robert Lacey, who says the split (the first royal divorce since 1901!) will be a significant plot line for the coming season.

The show has yet to announce who would replace Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jeremy Northam as Antony Eden, or Matthew Goode as Margaret's initial husband Tony Armstrong-Jones.

The show left off with the birth of Prince Edward in 1964, but it may not return there.

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