The Crown casts its Prince Philip for season three; Tobias Menzies to replace Matt Smith

It is all change on prestige Netflix drama The Crown as it heads into production on its third season, with the principal cast replaced by older actors as the show moves ahead in time. Olivia Colman will take the lead role as Queen Elizabeth from Claire Foy while Helena Bonham Carter will replace Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.

Amid all the controversy over gender pay, (Matt Smith was paid more than Foy for his role as Prince Philip despite having less screen time), the other big casting announcement fans have been waiting for is who will replace Smith alongside Coleman and Bonham Carter. Now Deadline has confirmed that Tobias Menzies will take on the role of Philip when the show returns.

The casting has apparently taken longer than usual after original choice Paul Bettany reportedly declined the offer.

Along the many, many TV roles Menzies is known for, is his performance as Edmure Tully in Game of Thrones. His character was imprisoned after the infamous 'Red Wedding' on season three. He recently discussed a potential return in the final season while talking to Digital Spy.

"The honest answer is, I have no idea. He's obviously somewhere in a prison, he's still around alive somewhere. They're pretty stingy with their information and I've not heard anything from them. I feel like they have so many stories to tie up, whether that's a story they'll want to go back to, I don't know."

The first two seasons of The Crown are available on Netflix now, with the third likely to debut at the end of the year.

Game of Thrones

Based on the bestselling novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin, HBO's Game of Thrones has revolutionised the fantasy genre for mainstream television. With new prequel series in the pipeline, the show bows out in 2019 with a spectacular six-part finale. Check out our extensive coverage of the show with our Game of Thrones Revisited, covering every episode from seasons one to seven.

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