‘The Crown’ Star Matt Smith Wants Selena Gomez to Play Meghan Markle on the Show
By Rachel McRady
Matt Smith has some interesting casting ideas for when The Crown eventually brings Meghan Markle into the fold. The 35-year-old Netflix star currently plays Prince Philip on the popular drama about the British monarchy.
Smith and his co-star, Claire Foy, appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen on Thursday where a caller asked them who they wanted to play Markle on the screen.
“The thing is they’re so young, aren’t they? And they’re probably not going to be on the show for another five years, so we’re going to have to choose someone who’s about 11 or 12,” Foy, 33, who plays Queen Elizabeth, said.
But Smith had someone else in mind.
“Who’s that singer? The singer who…” he began.
“Ed Sheeran?” Cohen guessed, thinking Smith was casting the red headed royal, Prince Harry.
“No! The singer who goes out with Justin Timberlake, no, not Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber! Selena Gomez!” Smith declared.
“You love Selena Gomez!” Foy said to Smith.
As for the British stars’ thoughts on the new royal engagement, Foy said, “We love it that they’re getting married. It’s amazing. She’s an actress, so that’s great.”
Smith quickly chimed in, “Well, she’s not anymore, her life’s over.”
The quippy actor also let some spoilers slip about future seasons of The Crown.
Season 2 of the show, which is streaming on Netflix now, features the royalty in the ‘50s and ‘60s. They’ve cast Olivia Colman as the new Queen Elizabeth for the next two seasons, which will take place in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but what about one of the most famous members of the royal family – the late Princess Diana?
“Does Diana appear next season?” Cohen asked.
“The one after!” Smith dished, before Foy quickly “shhh’d” him.
“Isn’t it? The one after?” Smith asked.
“I don’t know!” Foy said, throwing up her hands.
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