5:50 pm EDT, August 13, 2020

‘The Crown’ casts Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip for final two seasons

Game of Thrones vet Jonathan Pryce has officially joined the cast of The Crown seasons 5 and 6.

Update (8/13/2020): According to Deadline, Netflix’s The Crown has tapped Jonathan Pryce to assume the role of Prince Philip in season 5 and season 6 of the hit royal drama.

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The Academy Award nominee will take over the role from fellow Game of Thrones vet Tobias Menzies, who is the latest actor to take on the role of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prior to Menzie’s involvement, Doctor Who alum Matt Smith portrayed the royal in the first two seasons of The Crown.

He’ll be starring opposite Imelda Staunton who, earlier this year, was announced to have been joining the cast of the hit drama in the role of Queen Elizabeth II.

Pryce, who scored an Oscar nods for his work in The Two Popes, is the latest actor to join the cast of the final two seasons of Netflix’s The Crown.

In addition to Staunton, Lesley Manville has also joined the cast of the final two seasons of the hit Netflix series.

Read up on Manville’s casting announcement below!

Original Story (7/2/2020):

The Crown season 5 has officially found its Princess Margaret in Lesley Manville.

According to Variety, Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) has signed on to portray Princess Margaret in the fifth and final season of Netflix’s The Crown.

Manville is set to take over the role of Princess Margaret from Helena Bonham Carter, who portrayed the royal in season three. Prior to that, Vanessa Kirby took on the role for the biographical drama’s first and second seasons.

In a statement shared via the series’ official Twitter account on Thursday (July 2), Manville said: “I could not be happier to be playing Princess Margaret. The baton is being passed on from two formidable actresses and I really don’t want to let the side down. Furthermore to play siblings with my dear friend Imelda Staunton will be nothing short of a complete joy.”

Speaking of Staunton, it was announced back in January that the actress would officially assume the role of Queen Elizabeth II for The Crown season 5.

Staunton takes over the part from Academy Award winner Olivia Colman, who first portrayed the Queen in season 3. Prior to that, it was Claire Foy who first took on the role when the hit drama series first debuted on Netflix back in 2016.

The Emmy Award winning drama’s most recent season bowed via Netflix back in November of 2019.

Currently, it’s predicted that we may see season 4 premiere via the online streaming giant sometime toward the end of this year. That being said, it’s possible the wait time might be longer— especially when you take into consideration that there was a two year gap between the show’s second and third season.

There’s no word yet on when we can expect The Crown season 5 to debut.

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