Exciting news for fans of The Crown, as it looks like British actor Hugh Laurie is joining the cast of the next season.
The Mail on Sunday reports that the House star is being lined up to play the Duke of Edinburgh in the hit Netflix series, following Matt Smith’s departure – the Doctor Who star played the younger version of Prince Philip in the previous two seasons.
Creator Peter Morgan – who has already announced that Olivia Colman, 44, will play the Queen, taking over from Claire Foy – is said to be ‘very keen’ on Laurie to portray Philip in middle age, according to the publication.
‘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. He and Olivia were formidable on The Night Manager and bosses of The Crown would love to recreate that,’ spilled a source.
‘Other actors have been considered, but Hugh is viewed as the perfect choice.’
Helena Bonham Carter is also set to play Princess Margaret in the next series.