4:00 pm EST, January 20, 2018

‘The Crown’: Paul Bettany tapped to play Prince Philip in season 3

Netflix’s royal drama, The Crown, has reportedly found its Prince Philip for season 3 in Paul Bettany.

Casting for The Crown’s third season is truly underway. With Olivia Coleman set to play Queen Elizabeth, and Helena Bonham Carter as her sister, Margaret, it was only a matter of time before Prince Philip joined them.

According to their sources, THR reported that Paul Bettany appears to be close to reaching a deal to play the royal. He will take over from Matt Smith, who played the Prince in the first two seasons.

The cast of The Crown is set to rotate every two seasons, with a planned six on the cards for the popular Netflix series. Should Bettany finalize a deal, he will appear as Prince Philip across seasons 3 and 4, alongside Coleman and Bonham Carter.

The recently concluded second season of the drama hit Netflix in December, and was deemed a worthy successor to its first outing. Both seasons are available to stream now on the platform.

With The Crown likely heading into production once the cast is rounded out – though no release date has been set as of this time – it remains to be seen how that will affect Bettany’s commitments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bettany plays Vision, whose fate is not certain in the franchise, thanks to his possession of an Infinity Stone.

At the very least, we can look forward to seeing Bettany on our screens for at least two seasons of The Crown, no matter whether Vision makes it out of Infinity War intact.

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