Role Call: ‘The Crown’ Finds Their New Prince Phillip and More

Tobias Menzies has been crowned the new Prince Phillip for Season 3 of Netflix’s The Crown, and I’m all in. Plus, Robert Downey Jr. as Doctor Dolittle? Oh, boy.

Here’s some of the latest casting news this week:

Let’s Bow to Tobias Menzies as The Crown’s New Prince Phillip

While I am a little sad to see my Crown favorites Claire Foy, Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby step aside for slightly older versions of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip and Princess Margaret, respectively, at least the new casting is shaping up.

First to be announced in the new Season 3 cast was Broadchurch star Olivia Colman as Elizabeth. Colman definitely has the right look and the chops (she’s really good in The Night Manager), so she’ll probably do a bang-up job. Then it was announced Helena Bonham Carter would play the older Princess Margaret, another stellar choice. You may recall Carter also portrayed Elizabeth II’s mother in The King’s Speech, so she knows a thing or two about playing royalty.

Now we have Tobias Menzies cast as Prince Phillip, and again, the resemblance is amazing. Menzies is one of those British character actors who always turns in great performances, but he particularly blew me away with his turn in Outlander. He plays the kind-hearted Frank Randall and his sadistic ancestor “Black Jack” Randall, and let’s just say, he got under my skin in parts.

So I’m all on board with the new cast, as the Netflix series moves into the middle part of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, in the ’70s and ’80s. It’ll be interesting to see who they’ll cast as Princess Diana. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Robert Downey Jr. Is Gonna Talk to Animals

Robert Downey Jr. is set to play Doctor Dolittle in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle – and there’s a slew of great people to voice the animals he talks to, including Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, John Cena, Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, Marion Cotillard, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes.

The story will be based on the 1920s children’s books by Hugh Lofting and Downey is following footsteps of Rex Harrison and Eddie Murphy, who have played the character before. The film is due for release in 2019. I’m excited about this one. The Rex Harrison movie is one my childhood favorites, and I think Downey will make a good Doctor Dolittle, right? (via THR)

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston Team for a ‘Murder Mystery’

Funnyman Adam Sandler has had a few actresses he’s really clicked with onscreen. Drew Barrymore, for one, in films like 50 First Dates (which is entirely underrated, in my opinion), and Jennifer Aniston in Just Go With It. While the movie itself isn’t that great, Sandler and Aniston had great chemistry, so now they are starring in a new comedy Murder Mystery for Netflix.

Here’s the premise, via THR: “The feature follows a New York City cop (Sandler) as he finally takes his wife (Aniston) on a long-promised European trip. A chance meeting on the flight gets them invited to an intimate family gathering on the super-yacht of elderly billionaire Malcolm Quince. When Quince is murdered, the couple becomes the prime suspects in a modern-day whodunit.” Sounds like madcap fun.

Evan Rachel Wood Involved in a Heist

Evan Rachel Wood will join Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger in a yet-to-be-title heist indie from director Miranda July.

The story centers on a woman (Wood), whose con-artist parents (Jenkins and Winger) bring in an outside person (Rodriguez) to take part in their biggest heist yet. The parents must confront the fact they’ve been pretty bad parents, while Rodriguez’s character gets first-hand knowledge of their family secrets. July is the writer-director-star of 2005’s You and Me and Everyone We Know, which won the Camera d’Or at Cannes and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. (via THR)

Sissy Spacek to Play Julia Roberts’ Mom in Amazon Series

Sissy Spacek is joining Julia Roberts in the new Amazon series Homecoming, a half-hour psychological and political thriller that, according to THR, centers on Heidi (Roberts), a caseworker at a secret government facility, and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life. It’s based on the Gimlet Media fictional podcast of the same name.

Spacek plays Ellen Bergman, Heidi’s mother, who is described as “a no-nonsense, somewhat crabby woman who is fiercely protective of her daughter.” The Oscar winner has found a nice niche on streaming TV, having played another fierce matriarch in Netflix excellent series Bloodline.

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