Despite rumours suggesting Paul Bettany will land the role of Prince Phillip in The Crown‘s 3rd & 4th seasons, creator Peter Morgan says it is still a work in progress.
“Because of the age of the Queen and Philip, we’re going to pretty established actors,” he said during a Bafta Masterclass panel discussion.
That means, he explained, that the producers are not able to do the same extensive “chemistry tests” that they were able to with Claire Foy and Matt Smith.
“You can’t get them to come in, mess around and read,” he said. “They’re all people who have been working for a long time; they’d tell you to get stuffed if you asked them to come in and read! So you have to make offers.”
Paul Bettany and Helena Bonham Carter have reportedly been in discussions for Prince Phillip and Princess Margaret, respectively. So far, Olivia Colman is confirmed to replace Claire Foy as Quen Elizabeth II.
“I think we all felt that Olivia Colman had something that corresponded to the Queen,” he said. “That ability to be both plain and dazzling, both knowable and unknowable. There’s a sort of everywoman to her, she’s very connectable – and yet also somehow anonymous.”
Source: Radio Times