Paul Bettany
Creator of many female screams. Photo credit: Wong Jung Heng

It would have been an awesome bit of casting, but it’s just not meant to be. Paul Bettany a.k.a. The Vision has pulled out of talks to replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip in Netflix drama The Crown.

Vanity Fair confirmed that the 46-year-old pulled out of talks for the series because of the massive time commitment involved. Bettany would have to commit to the series for at least two seasons, and each season reportedly requires eight months of filming in the UK each year.

Not to mention the small matter of Bettany’s Marvel Cinematic Universe commitments – he’ll be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War, which premieres in May.

So the search for a new Prince Philip goes on, though we do know at least that Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter are already in the frame as Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, respectively.

Meanwhile, The Crown season 3 will be centred on Prime Minster Howard Wilson’s term from 1974 to 1976, and will also feature the breakup of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s marriage and their 1978 divorce. It will also introduce a certain Camilla Parker-Bowles – Prince Charles’ future wife.

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