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Is Paul Bettany Next In Line For ‘The Crown’?

Netflix’s enticing series The Crown, based on the dramatics behind the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, has rapidly become a binge-worthy hit. Given that each riveting season covers the span of a decade, the characters age before our eyes, therefore, resulting in a decision to replace the entire cast heading into season 3. Fans eager to know who will be filling the roles of their beloved characters are sure to be delighted that, per a source for The Hollywood Reporter, actor Paul Bettany is closing in on a deal to play Prince Philip.

Paul Bettany, Matt Smith
Paul Bettany and Matt Smith. Source: Harpers Bazaar

Known recently for his role as Vision in the blockbuster movie, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mr. Bettany would take over for Matt Smith, who played the prince in the first two seasons of The Crowne opposite Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II. While Paul Bettany is best known for portraying likable characters, it would be fascinating to see his take on the often precocious Prince Philip.

“The actor traditionally plays very nice characters; his “Well, I was born yesterday” at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the funniest, sweetest line readings of the whole Marvel series.” – Source: Vanity Fair

I have high hopes that The Crown will regal its fans with another great season. Can Paul Bettany fulfill the duties of a prince? Fan Fest News wants to hear what YOU think.

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