Calling all fans of The Crown — there’s a new Prince Philip in town. Daily Mail reports that Hugh Laurie is set to take over Matt Smith’s role of Queen Elizabeth‘s husband on the upcoming third season of the hit Netflix show.
According to the news outlet, the show’s creator Peter Morgan is “very keen” on Hugh playing the middle-aged Prince Philip on the series. “Hugh’s name has been swirling around for a long while now and it hasn’t yet stopped — he is the sort of big name that would draw in viewers,” a source shared. “Other actors have been considered, but Hugh is viewed as the perfect choice.”
It was previously revealed that Olivia Colman will replace Claire Foy as a middle-aged Elizabeth on The Crown, which makes the idea of Hugh joining the show sound even better. “He and Olivia were formidable on The Night Manager and bosses of The Crown would love to recreate that,” the insider added.
Hugh has yet to speak out about the possible role, but this news comes soon after it was revealed that Matt was paid more than Claire for their roles during Season 1 and Season 2 of The Crown. The Netflix show’s producer, Suzanne Mackie, shockingly shared that Claire made less than Matt because of his fame prior to the show. Although it’s still unknown how much Matt made per episode, she confessed Claire made $40,000 for each one. “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” Mackie said.
Season 3 of The Crown will also star Helena Bonham Carter in Vanessa Kirby’s previous role of Princess Margaret. We can’t wait to see who will play Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Princess Diana in the hit series!
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