The upcoming third and fourth seasons of The Crown were already looking pretty promising with the news that Princess Diana’s storyline would be introduced and Helena Bonham Carter would be joining the cast as Princess Margaret. Now there are reports about who will play Prince Philip on the Netflix hit — and Outlander fans are going to love the choice.
According to Variety, Tobias Menzies, who is currently starring in AMC’s new series The Terror but is perhaps best known for his role as Black Jack (and Frank) Randall on Outlander, will play the part for seasons 3 and 4. Menzies, whose Outlander character was — SPOILER! — killed off in the last season (as per the book), takes over for Matt Smith, who played Philip in the show’s first two seasons.
The timeline for seasons 3 and 4 will cover the queen’s reign from 1964 to 1976. It was previously confirmed that Broadchurch’s Olivia Colman would be replacing Claire Foy to play Queen Elizabeth II for this time period.
The Crown recently found itself at the center of a pay gap controversy when producers revealed that Smith earned more than his costar, Foy — the “queen” — for appearing on the show. The show’s production company, Left Bank Pictures, issued an apology to both Foy and Smith, calling them “brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the center of a media storm … through no fault of their own.” Foy herself admitted it was “very, very odd” to be in the middle of the unexpected situation.
Producer Suzanna Mackie has since assured cast and viewers alike that, moving forward, “no one gets paid more than the queen.” The Crown season 3 is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2019.
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