The Crown’s latest casting announcement has been revealed, sparking a lot of conversation on Twitter.
On Friday afternoon, the Netflix’s show’s official Twitter account revealed the show had found the actor set to portray former prime minister John Major in its upcoming fifth series.
Alongside a black-and-white photo, they confirmed: “Jonny Lee Miller will play John Major in the fifth season of The Crown.”
Jonny Lee Miller will play John Major in the fifth season of The Crown. pic.twitter.com/woMcTQtUmb
— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) June 25, 2021
The casting caused quite a stir on Twitter, with many admitting they were feeling a little *ahem* conflicted about the Trainspotting star portraying the former PM:
They’ve outdone themselves. https://t.co/mZcIZ8OzaX
— 🥃Donald Clarke📽 (@DonaldClarke63) June 25, 2021
Whaaat? I'm going to fancy John Major aren't I? https://t.co/3qU8ZiaE6e
— Claire Jurecki (@cjurecki) June 25, 2021
I CANNOT FANCY JOHN MAJOR, IT WILL END ME
But also good for him 👏 https://t.co/poFhLwAGUU
— PotentialPoet (@potentialpoet) June 25, 2021
You already made me have weird feelings about Thatcher and now you want me fancying John Major?? https://t.co/PKcPNGZabD
— Emma Kelly (@TooManyEmmas) June 25, 2021
What's with all this casting of really hot actors as tories? https://t.co/rYf32tmpOH
— Auntie Kimchi (@MoonJooDK) June 25, 2021
— Halief Ardiasyah (@halief) June 25, 2021
First Gillian Anderson as Thatcher, now this. https://t.co/HFwlTB4wMG
— Josh Noble (@JoshTANoble) June 25, 2021
— Helen Tope (@Scholar1977) June 25, 2021
JOHNNY LEE MILLER? OH MY GOD WAIT I'M LOSING IT https://t.co/YuFTUrQ1zM
— ✨S✨ (@wannabe_artiste) June 25, 2021
prepare yourselves for the horror of sexy John Major https://t.co/QravSEoPnF
— What duck? (@geeoharee) June 25, 2021
at this rate they're going to have Timothy Chamalet play Matt Hancock in season five https://t.co/eywpAySokT
— Stephen (@stepheniscowboy) June 25, 2021
This is the most incredible story I’ve seen all day…! https://t.co/JIOCY7qjxA
— Geraldine Cooper (@GCooper79) June 25, 2021
Wait who’s playing Edwina Currie? https://t.co/YXumH9XthP
— Marcus feat. Dusty (@marcusjdl) June 25, 2021
The British-American actor is perhaps best known for his performance as Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson in Trainspotting, later reprising the character in the 2017 sequel T2 Trainspotting.
His other credits include the TV shows Dexter and Elementary, in which he played a modern-day Sherlock Holmes.
The fifth season of The Crown will pick up years after the events of its predecessor, opening the door to a brand new cast.
Imelda Staunton and the newly-appointed Sir Jonathan Pryce will play Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, taking over from Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies, while Elizabeth Debicki will succeed Emma Corrin as Princess Diana.
It’s been heavily rumoured that Dominic West will take over playing Prince Charles from Josh O’Connor, who recently won a Golden Globe for the role, while Lesley Manville will be portraying Princess Margaret.
Meanwhile, reports previously suggested that Fleabag star Andrew Scott was being eyed for the role of Tony Blair – which caused a similar reaction on social media to the Jonny Lee Miller announcement.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.