EXCLUSIVE: Tobias Menzies has closed a deal to play Prince Philip in Season 3 of Netflix’s The Crown. This is the role that Paul Bettany had been in early talks to play before he abdicated for unspecified reasons. Menzies has signed on for the next two seasons, and begins shooting this summer in the UK.

Menzies certainly has the regal bearing. He has played Brutus in HBO’s Rome, Edmure Tully in Game of Thrones, and the dual roles of Frank Randall and the sadistic Black Jack Randall in Outlander. He most recently wrapped the Duke of Cornwall in King Lear alongside Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, a BBC television production, with Amazon Studios. He’s also currently starring in AMC’s The Terror.

He takes over the role from Matt Smith, who starred in the first two seasons alongside Claire Foy. Olivia Colman was confirmed to take over the role of Elizabeth, with Helena Bonham Carter playing Princess Margaret, replacing Vanessa Kirby.

Show creator Peter Morgan planned for the casting changes, designed to show the characters as they aged. Left Bank produces the show with executive producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie.

Menzies is repped by Paradigm and Conway Van Gelder Grant.