Netflix has found its Prince Philip for The Crown.
Following a prolonged deal-making period, ‘Game of Thrones‘ and ‘Outlander‘ star Tobias Menzies will take over the role of Philip from Matt Smith for seasons three and four of the royal drama from Sony Pictures Television Studios, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
The casting comes after Paul Bettany was poised to join the series in the role but had a scheduling conflict and his deal fell through.
The Peter Morgan-created show had always planned to evolve its cast as the drama continued to tell its royal story. Menzies joins a roster of new faces for seasons three and four including Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth (taking over for Emmy nominee Claire Foy) and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret (replacing Vanessa Kirby).
The Crown recently made headlines after producers revealed that Foy earned less money for her leading role than Smith, who came into the series with more notoriety after his time on Doctor Who. Producers have since said that no one will earn more money for subsequent seasons of The Crown than their Queen. The roles will be recast for planned seasons five and six.