Ben Daniels confirmed as Anthony Armstrong-Jones for season 3 of Netflix's 'The Crown'

It has been confirmed that 'The Exorcist' star, Ben Daniels will be playing the role of Anthony Armstrong-Jones for the upcoming season of 'The Crown.'

                            Ben Daniels confirmed as Anthony Armstrong-Jones for season 3 of Netflix's 'The Crown'
Actor Ben Daniels (Source: Getty Images)

It was confirmed at the conclusion of season 2 of Netflix's historical drama web series 'The Crown' that Matthew Goode would not be returning to portray Anthony Armstrong-Jones, the society photographer and 1st Earl of Snowdon who marries Princess Margaret. It has now been announced that Ben Daniels will be taking up the role for the upcoming third season of the show.

'The Crown' has received plaudits from audiences as well as critics for its accurate portrayal of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the drama that unfolds behind the scenes, as well as its acting directing and cinematography.  Goode's Armstrong Jones, who is referred to in the show as Tony had Princess Margaret towards the end of season 2, with both expected to play a significant role in the upcoming season.

Set to cover their troubled marriage vis-à-vis the princess' affinity for late-night partying and its collapse in 1978 following the revelation of Margaret's five-year-affair with baronet and gardening expert Roddy Llewellyn, season 3 will also explore Tony's sexual promiscuity and role as the artistic adviser of 'The Sunday Times Magazine' in the early 60s.

The third season will continue from where its predecessor left off — the retirement of the Queen's third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan in 1963 and the birth of Prince Edward in 1964 — and also document Harold Wilson's two terms as Prime Minister until 1976, the English national team winning the football world cup in 1966, the rise of The Beatles, and provide an introduction to Camilla Parker Bowles and Lady Diana Spencer

Daniels, who is known for his roles in shows such as 'House of Cards,' 'The Exorcist,' and 'Flesh and Bone,' expressed his thrill at being cast in the role, saying, "After being glued to the first two seasons of 'The Crown' I am beyond thrilled to be joining the cast of this incredible piece of television. Snowdon was such a dynamic and complex man, I’m really looking forward to playing him."

Armstrong-Jones is not the only character who will be represented by a different actor for this upcoming season. Tobias Menzies (Outlander, Game of Thrones) will replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip for seasons 3 and 4, while Olivia Colman (The Iron Lady, Broadchurch) will be taking over the award-winning Claire Foy in portraying Queen Elizabeth II. Helena Bonham Carter will be replacing Vanessa Kirby as Margaret.

Season 2 aired its last episode this past December with Left Bank Pictures, who produce the series, confirming that the next season will start shooting in July. It has been announced that season 3 will air sometime in 2019. Furthermore, details for season 4 are also out, with it reportedly revolving around the life and times of Princess Diana.