'The Crown' star Josh O'Connor reveals how he 'panicked' and said Brad Pitt should play Prince Charles next

By Heather Cichowski

Josh O'Connor has catapulted to fame after playing Prince Charles on The Crown in season three and the upcoming fourth season. After that, someone will have to take over the role, and reporters have recently been asking Josh who he thinks that should be.

The 29-year-old star previously said he thought Brad Pitt could take over the part, but he has revealed it was a "panicked" choice!

Josh looked dapper at the season three premiere of The Crown in Nov. 2019. Photo: © Mike Marsland/WireImage

During a recent interview with InStyle, the publication asked Josh who he thought would be the best person to next play Charles.

"I've been asked this before and given a terrible answer," he admitted.

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"I panicked and said Brad Pitt, which made me look like I thought that I looked like Brad Pitt!" he continued, laughing. "In reality, it was just that he was on my mind.

"He's a good looking guy, he was on my mind. I said Brad Pitt. I've thought it out, and now I'm regretting it."

Josh stated he "should choose someone realistic," but he didn't give a new answer because he said he "can't think of anyone!"

The current The Crown cast (L-R) Charles Dance, Erin Doherty, Helena Bonham Carter, creator Peter Morgan, Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies and Josh O’Connor in Nov. 2019. Photo: © Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Netflix

The Crown might be ending after its fifth season, but fans of the Netflix show are still very curious to see the final cast members will be.

So far, Imelda Staunton has been confirmed to play the Queen during the fifth season. She will take over the role from Olivia Colman, who acted as the middle-aged monarch in seasons three and four alongside Josh, following Claire Foy's portrayal of the younger Queen Elizabeth II in seasons one and two.

Josh, along with his fellow cast members, showed support for Prince Harry andDuchess Meghan at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards just days after the Sussexes announced they were stepping down from their senior royal roles.

The actor also thought Meghan could definitely play herself in The Crown, if it continued until present day.

"I'm sure she could [play herself]," he said to Entertainment Tonight. "Yeah, I've heard [she's coming back to acting].

"I'm sure she could do that brilliantly, if anyone could."

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