The Crown has reportedly cast its next Prince Charles

Sarah Ilston
·2-min read
Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix
Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix

Dominic West has reportedly been cast as the next Prince Charles in The Crown.

Although the 51-year-old Hollywood veteran's casting has not yet been confirmed by Netflix, his predecessor Josh O'Connor — who currently portrays the young prince in the fourth series — appeared to confirm the news in a recent interview with GQ Hype.

The actor let slip the news when explaining why — although he's loved playing the royal heir — he's happy to say goodbye to his character now, and hands the reigns over to West; known most prominently for his roles in The Affair, The Wire and Les Misérables.

Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff
Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff

"I absolutely loved it. But the reason I wanted to be an actor is to play different people," he told the publication.

"Playing that character has brought me a lot of joy. But it's lovely to come away and go, 'Great. Now hand it over to Dominic West'."

Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix
Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix

When asked if he had any tips for his successor, newcomer Connor — who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Charles — laughed off the suggestion: "If Dominic West came to me asking me for advice, I'd laugh him off. I'd be like, 'Dom! You're Dominic West!'"

If this casting is true, West would be joining the likes of Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville and Jonathan Pryce — who will be taking over from Olivia Colman as the Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, respectively.

As well as Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, The Night Manager and Tenet), who will be portraying Princess Diana in the upcoming 5th series — where the plot line will likely revolve around the breakdown of Charles' relationship with Diana and the subsequent love triangle created with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Although no release date for season five of The Crown has been announced, Deadline reports that filming and production is due to kick off in June 2021, so we can likely hope to see the new episodes sometime in 2022.

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