Is Paul Bettany joining The Crown?

Paul Bettany is reportedly in talks to join series three of Netflix drama The Crown.

According to the Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail, Bettany is in “complex negotiations” to take over the role of Prince Philip from Matt Smith.

Bettany’s agents are said to have met with the show’s executive producers to discuss him joining Olivia Colman in series three and four. He would be required to attend rehearsals in June before filming begins in July.

Colman has already said yes to taking over from Claire Foy as Elizabeth while Helena Bonham Carter is thought to be playing Princess Margaret.

I can sort of see Paul Bettany as Philip. I wasn’t at all sure about Matt Smith when he was first cast but I think he really grew into the role in season two.

I do think with the likes of Colman and Bettany taking over the key roles, seasons three and four look like they’ll carry on the incredibly high quality TV we’ve seen so far from The Crown.


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