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Paul Bettany Nears Deal to Replace Matt Smith on 'The Crown'

Paul Bettany is in talks to play Prince Philip on the upcoming third season of The Crown, taking the role over from Matt Smith, according to THR.

Olivia Colman is set to play Queen Elizabeth II, replacing Claire Foy who played the role for the first two seasons.

The cast is being replaced for the upcoming third and fourth seasons, which will follow the royal family at a later time in life.

Netflix has not yet confirmed the upcoming seasons, though it’s pretty much a no brainer at this point!

Claire Foy Rocks Black Pantsuit at Golden Globes 2018 with Matt Smith

Claire Foy and her partner Matt Smith look so perfect together while walking the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (January 7) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Claire is nominated this evening for her work on The Crown. Best of luck to all of the nominees this evening!

If you didn’t know, Claire, in a black pantsuit, and Matt, in a black tuxedo, are both wearing black in solidarity for those who have suffered from sexual misconduct.

FYI: Claire is wearing Stella McCartney with Harry Winston jewelry. Matt is wearing Burberry.

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Claire Foy & Matt Smith Reveal What They Think About Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Engagement!

Claire Foy and Matt Smith are opening up about the latest royal news!

The Queen actors appeared on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday night (December 7) with Andy Cohen in New York City.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Claire Foy

After one caller asked for their opinion on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the two took turns sharing their thoughts about the engagement – and who could play them on The Queen!

“Who’s that singer?” Matt asked. “Selena Gomez!”

“You love Selena Gomez!” Claire exclaimed. “We love that they’re getting married. It’s amazing. She’s an actress so that’s great.”

“Well, she’s not anymore. Her life’s over,” Matt joked. Watch below!

Lily James & Matt Smith Couple Up in New York City

Lily James holds onto Matt Smith as they take a stroll through New York City’s East Village on Wednesday (December 6).

The 28-year-old actress is in town to promote her latest film, Darkest Hour, which is in theaters now. Lily made an appearance on Seth Meyers‘ late night show on NBC – you can watch her appearance below!

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Lily James

Lily and Matt, 35, bundled up for the day as they spent some time together before she had to head off and do her promo work.

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The Crown's Matt Smith Says He Feels Sorry for Meghan Markle

Matt Smith knows a little bit about what life as a royal is like thanks to his role as Prince Philip on The Crown and now he’s commenting on how Meghan Markle‘s life is about to change.

The 35-year-old actor says he feels “sorry” for Meghan as her life is never going to be the same again.

“I feel sorry for her,” Matt said at a 92Y screening and Q&A on Monday night (via Vanity Fair). “It’s such a transition in her life, and it’s such a huge thing to take on. Life as she knows it is gone. But hey, she’s marrying the prince of Britain—how exciting for her.”

Meghan is a divorced woman and as seen on the first season of The Crown, members of the royal family were not allowed to marry someone who had previously been married. Claire Foy commented on how this is something today’s royals don’t have to worry about.

Click inside to read what she said… More Here! »