1:59am PT by Alex Ritman
Dominic West Tapped to Play Prince Charles in 'The Crown'
Dominic West is in final talks to play Prince Charles in seasons 5 and 6 of Netflix's smash hit royal drama The Crown.
Sources confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter after it was first reported by The Sun.
Should the deal be signed, The Wire and The Affair actor — who would take over from Josh O'Connor — will star alongside Elizabeth Debecki as Princess Diana. Imelda Staunton has already been confirmed as taking the throne as Queen Elizabeth II, with Lesley Manville set to play Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce cast as Prince Philip.
Seasons 5 and 6 of the series will take the drama into the 1990s and early 2000s, covering Prince Charles' split from Diana and his explosive affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.
In a case of art reflecting life, the latest casting news for the show landed just days after the married West himself made headlines in the U.K. following the publication of intimate photographs of him with Lily James, his co-star in The Pursuit of Love.
The Crown showrunner Peter Morgan earlier this year said the show would only run for five seasons, but later changed his mind, pushing it back to its original target of six seasons.
"As we started to discuss the storylines for series five, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six," he said.
The Crown producer Left Bank declined to comment.