The Crown Season 3 will entirely replace the original cast members. The new season will introduce a slew of new actors to play older versions of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and other royal family members who appeared in the first two seasons. Olivia Colman is set to replace Claire Foy, who played the young Elizabeth for two seasons, as Her Royal Majesty for The Crown Season 3 and Season 4. And Paul Bettany was in talks to play an older Prince Philip but according to the latest reports, he has decided not to take over the role from Matt Smith, who played Queen Elizabeth's husband in Season 1 and Season 2 of the series
Earlier last week, reports surfaced that Paul Bettany was "near a deal" to play Queen Elizabeth's husband. Hollywood Reporter (THR) now reports that the hunt for new Prince Philip continues as the 46-year-old actor has withdrawn from the talks because of a scheduling conflict.
Along with Prince Philip, it is yet to be determined who will play Queen Mother, played by Victoria Hamilton in first two seasons, and Princess Margaret's husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, originally played by Matthew Goode. Helena Bonham Carter will portray Princess Margaret in the upcoming two seasons of the series. She replaces Vanessa Kirby.