The last key role has been filled with Tobias Menzies signed on to play Prince Philip in the third and fourth seasons of Netflix’s “The Crown”. Menzies would take over from Matt Smith in the role, landing a gig which Paul Bettany and Michael Sheen were previously rumored for.
Menzies has been making big waves in TV in recent years following his breakthrough as Brutus in HBO’s “Rome”. He had the small but key role of Edmure Tully in “Game of Thrones,” and played both devoted husband Frank Randall and sadistic rapist Black Jack Randall in “Outlander”. He’s currently starring in AMC’s Arctic period thriller “The Terror”.
“The Crown” has a six-season plan with every season representing a different decade. Rather than use make-up to age the actors, every two seasons the show will undergo a complete recasting for the same roles.
For the third season, Olivia Colman will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy while Helena Bonham Carter has signed on to replace Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret. Filming begins this summer in the UK.