After search that reportedly went from Paul Bettany to Hugh Laurie, producers of Netflix’s The Crown have finally found the very British actor to play very British monarch Prince Philip in the upcoming third season.
Deadline says they went with Tobias Menzies, aka Lord Edmure Tully from Game of Thrones, Brutus from Rome, or Sharon’s OB/GYN from Catastrophe. Tobias will join Olivia Colman as season 3’s Queen Elizabeth II, and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. Tobias is going to make a hot Prince Philip. Matt Smith did too, but it was a more of an obnoxious, whiny hot. Tobias looks like the kind of Prince Philip that could easily charm his way out of trouble when The Queen suspects his allegedly unfaithful self of smearing jam on other crumpets.
Shooting will begin in the UK sometime this summer. Seasons 3 and 4 will be filmed back-to-back, with the third season being released sometime in 2019.
Tobias is a new-ish name to me, but one thing I recently learned was that he flashed his trouser pipe (and not a prosthetic) on Outlander a couple years ago. That tells me Tobias isn’t shy if the role calls for it. The real Prince Philip has been known to expose his trouser pipe later in life, but I’m not sure if he ever did it in the 70s, where the third season is rumored to be set. I don’t know if that’s the sort of road Netflix wants to take this show down. At the very least, they could always do the audience a favor by filming it now and digitally editing it over elderly Philip’s crotch in the later seasons.