Dominic West might get stunt-cast as Prince Charles in The Crown’s Season 5?

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Season 4 of The Crown will air on Netflix in a few weeks. That will be the season where the young Lady Diana Spencer is introduced, and we see the early years of the Wales’ marriage. By Season 5, the cast gets a full reboot, and Elizabeth Debicki has already been cast as 30-something Diana, which is actually perfect casting, considering how similar she looks to Diana. But the question no one asked was: who will play Charles in Season 5? This version of the Prince of Wales was in his 40s, he was overseeing a public gaslighting campaign against his estranged wife, and carrying on an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles (among others, allegedly). Well, producers have possibly found their man: cheating a–hole Dominic West??

Dominic West is ‘set to play Prince Charles in the final two series of The Crown’ after the married actor was pictured embracing actress Lily James during a trip to Rome. The actor, 50, is understood to be taking on the role of Prince Charles at the time of his affair from Diana, Princess of Wales, with his second wife Camilla Parker Bowles.

It comes after The Affair actor and the single Mamma Mia! star, 31, were seen appearing to passionately kiss while dining al fresco in the Italian city last Sunday.

A TV insider told The Sun: ‘Show bosses looked at several stars for the sought-after role, but he was by far their preferred actor. Now both parties are hammering out a deal.’

They revealed how the ‘irony’ of the casting will ‘not be lost on anyone’ following the recent scandal. MailOnline has contacted representatives of Dominic West for comment.

[From The Daily Mail]

They cast 30-something Diana so well and then they just picked the first cheating a–hole they saw for Charles? Dominic West doesn’t even look ANYTHING like Charles in the 1990s. I always thought Stephen Dillane – best known to American audiences as Stannis Baratheon on GoT – would be a perfect Charles in any dramatization, but Dillane is probably too old to play Charles-in-the-’90s. Now that I’m looking at the GoT cast, Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger) would also be a great Charles, although Gillen would have to swap out his natural Irish accent for a strangled, posh English accent. My point is that The Crown’s producers have OPTIONS and they don’t have to settle for stunt-casting the first actor caught up in a big public affair. Also: Lily James’s wild and crazy year happened BECAUSE her boyfriend Matt Smith (who played Prince Philip in Seasons 1 &2) dumped her to maybe hook up with the Queen (Claire Foy). Layers and layers of f–kery.

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  1. Sofia says:

    Yeah I don’t want him. Not because of the whole Lily James situation but I just can’t see/don’t want him in the role – sorry. I hope, that if this is true, it falls through and the producers find someone else.

  2. Bibliomommy96 says:

    Stephen dillane was already in The Crown wasn’t he? I think season 2, I’m 99% sure. He played the artist that painted Churchill

  3. Eleonor says:

    Wrong choice.

  4. Angela says:

    Yeah I can see the lily thing

    Men are some shit and Matt smith always looked like a douche canoe

  5. (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

    The ONLY thing West and Charles have in common is being serial cheaters. HORRIBLE casting. Hopefully, this is just thrown out for “attention” and someone else will eventually be cast.

    ETA: thought of one ore thing in common: they both married women who are/were miles above themselves

  6. Caitlin Bruce says:

    He just doesn’t work for Prince Charles. He may have been a cheater but he’s no way as smarmy and Dominic always seems to play smarmy, I think that’s because that’s actually him and he doesn’t have to act that side of himself.

  7. MF1 says:

    I don’t like it either. As grossed out as I am by Dominic West, I have to admit he exudes a kind of masculine energy that Charles doesn’t have.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      IMPO, Dominic West is a good actor. I think he might surprise us. I really cannot think of anyone who would be perfect for the role as it is tricky to get everything (looks, body build, charisma, accent, age, etc…etc…) just right.

  8. Tanguerita says:

    Adam Godley would have been perfect. PERFECT.

  9. SM says:

    No. Just no. I do not want to see his smug face.

  10. fani says:

    Lily James isn’t doing press for her Rebecca project, which hurts her professionally. More significantly, she may be experiencing emotional turmoil over all of this. Meanwhile Dominic West is getting work out of this – the double standard at its worst.

    • Dalloway says:

      She did press this morning for Sky News. Maybe Netflix and her agent told her she couldn’t keep ditching press.

      • Jessa says:

        This affair is all the press she needs for Rebecca, and whatever it is the two of them are in together. Loads of people wont have heard of her before and will totally check in to see what the fuss is about. Timing is genius, even if the execution is appalling.

    • Ariel says:

      Right?!? This makes me crazy. She- who is single, and did not cheat on a partner- is in hiding, and he is having photo ops with his poor wife and booking additional jobs.
      I hate this.

  11. StormsMama says:

    THIS is what we mean when we say that sex scandals don’t hurt men.
    Whether he gets the part or not
    Whether you think he’s right for it our not
    (I think it’s good but that’s not the point)
    The point is- he has elevated his status
    People are thinking about him
    And his career will not be negatively impacted

    Lily needs a new PR firm and she needs to rewrite her narrative

  12. Caroline says:

    This man is a complete douche canoe. I can’t stand watching him in anything.

  13. LOLA says:

    It’s like the Pitt/Jolie/Aniston narrative all over again. The key culprit being the man who gets away with it and in many cases defended whilst the women get labelled “home wrecker” and “door mat”

  14. Bren says:

    No matter the role, he will always be McNulty to me.

  15. ClaireB says:

    Ugh, no. I think I’d rather skip watching the last seasons than watch this gross person as Prince Charles.

  16. Becks1 says:

    This would be such a bad choice that I hope its completely wrong.

  17. BnLurkN4eva says:

    This is such a bad choice and I hope they rethink hiring him for the role. I’m seeing more of him that I’m used to, which tells me that little fling was good for his career.

  18. Mignionette says:

    Unpopular opinion, as women we may not like it but this IS the reality. Lily understood this and would have been aware of the paps following her but she chose to ignore it.

    She knew she’d be skewered whilst Dominic would be rapped on the knuckles lightly and then patted on the back for being a ‘naughty boy”.

    Sienna Miller was the cautionary tale of exercising your right to shag other people’s SO’s in Hollywood.

    I feel sorry for Lily but at the same time, it’s like she wanted to fux up and trash her career. Dominic on the other hand will go on a radio or talk show in a few months and do a Balthazar Getty and explain away how it was a silly fling that made his marriage stronger.

    Society rarely blames the man. It’s always the woman in an affair who get’s stoned and feathered as in this case.

    • Darla says:

      Not me. I do think it’s tacky to be so open about shagging a married guy, but other than that, I really don’t care or judge. If I were going to do it, I’d be discreet. I am very into discretion and don’t like my business on front street.

      I really doubt she knew the paps were there. You’re basically saying she has a death wish career wise. I doubt that. If she knew the paps were there, wouldn’t he have also? I think the whole let’s shag around Rome thing is insane, and inexplicable on both their parts. I cannot believe there aren’t always paps in Rome? It’s a world class city. And even so, today, if you are in timbuktu someone has a cell camera on you.

      But I blame him, period. He’s a dog.

    • Eleonora says:

      I list respo ect for him, but only knew him from the Wire

      But yeah, she was dumb.
      Particularly as she was probably the biggest success story out of Downton Abbey, which has lots of female viewers that she turned off.

  19. lola says:

    Eugh, no thanks.
    He doesn’t look like Charles at all, and he shouldn’t get rewarded for his fuckery.

  20. Nicole says:

    I kind of thought Tom Hiddleston could make a good Charles, plus I would love to see him and Elizabeth Debicki acting together again.

  21. Case says:

    I thought Tom Hiddleston would be a good Charles. And he already had great chemistry with Elizabeth in The Night Manager.

    • Vote Science says:

      He’s a great actor so that would be an interesting choice, but honestly he’s too handsome to pull off middle-aged Charles 😂

  22. Summergirl says:

    I feel Dominic West’s personal profile might overshadow the role at this point. The whole time I’m watching, I might be thinking, there’s Dominic West playing Charles. At the same time, though, I’m in the minority here and thinking he’s an excellent actor and really charismatic onscreen.

  23. Sof says:

    I’m sorry but I fail to see “the irony” the original story alludes to, if he is indeed cast as Prince Charles it would be a pretty obvious choice. How is a cheater being cast to play a cheater ironic??
    Also, his face looks nothing like Charles’s in the 90s.

    Side note: I can’t see Aidan Gillen in any role without thinking of Little Finger, I get distracted whenever he is on screen.

  24. Boxy Lady says:

    Gross. NO.

  25. Rivkaj says:

    Ew. Please no

  26. misia says:

    Dominic West used to have sexy-sleazy-scumbag energy, which I was attracted to in the Hour, but now only sleazy-scumbag is left.

  27. Stef says:

    He is a good actor and could surprise us in this role, with some prosthestics perhaps. He wouldn’t be my first choice as he looks nothing like Charles but who knows?

  28. Freddy says:

    He was probably already on the short-list if not already confirmed for the role before the Lily James affair–it takes weeks to work out contracts and such. He wouldn’t be my first choice, but the more I think about it, he has the kind of basic face the role requires–especially when cast opposite fabulous Elizabeth Debicki

  29. elle says:

    Chuck really has Bettyface in that pic.

  30. SJ Knows says:

    No thanks. I don’t do business with adulterers.
    Plenty of other actors and shows to watch.
    I will not watch anything with Lily James in it anymore either.

    Hope this guy ends up unloading trucks for a living.

  31. Mei says:

    It’s probably just made up BS from the S*n as per so I wouldn’t read too much into it, they just know it will make an attention-grabbing headline.