He could have gotten too huge for his good-looking britches.
Regé-Jean Page isn’t returning to “Bridgerton” as a result of he didn’t like what the producers had deliberate for his character, the Duke of Hastings.
“Regé is just not coming again to ‘Bridgerton’ due to artistic variations with [executive producer] Shonda Rhimes and her workforce,” a Hollywood supply advised Page Six.
The supply added, “He wasn’t proud of what was deliberate for his character for Season 2, which might have stored him a participant however not the point of interest of the present.”
Plus, “Regé has been inundated with gives for different attention-grabbing and difficult main roles.”
However the supply continued, “If you happen to take a look at all the massive names who’ve left [Rhimes’ hit show] ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ up to now, you see you don’t disagree with Shonda, no one is larger than the present,” including that Page is leaving on good phrases regardless of the “artistic variations.”
Netflix drama “Bridgerton” — watched by a document 82 million households globally — despatched shock waves by means of its fan base simply over every week in the past by saying that main man Page wouldn’t return for the second season of the Shondaland drama.
The dashing British actor, who turned an in a single day world heartthrob, had initially signed on with a one-year deal to play male lead Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings.
Page advised Selection that he was drawn to “Bridgerton” as a result of the function was a “one-season arc” with a “starting, center, finish” that allowed him to come back in, “contribute my bit after which the Bridgerton household rolls on.”
Plus the plan for Season 2 is to deal with a distinct Bridgerton sibling and their quest for marriage. This time the sequence will deal with eldest brother Anthony Bridgerton, performed by Jonathan Bailey.
However after Season 1 was centered on the story of Daphne Bridgerton, performed by Phoebe Dynevor, and her romance with the Duke (Page), present creator and script author Chris Van Dusen had advised The Hollywood Reporter forward of the “Bridgerton” Christmas debut that he hoped each characters could be again past the present’s first season.
“I’d love to have the ability to see them once more and in addition on the similar time discover the opposite brothers and sisters of the household,” Van Dusen mentioned.
The Hollywood Reporter mentioned Page “was supplied a possibility to return as a visitor star in three to 5 episodes of Season 2 — at a charge of $50,000 an episode — however declined for a large number of causes,” which included “an consciousness that Simon wouldn’t be a focus in Season 2.”
The “Bridgerton” manufacturing reached out to Page’s reps at CAA in early 2021 with a proposal to return and a deliberate storyline for his character, which, whereas not making him the main focus of Season 2, would have stored him as a key participant.
However Page is concentrated on his film profession, and flexing his appreciable versatility as an actor throughout a spread of roles, a number of sources say.
He subsequent stars in Paramount’s big-budget “Dungeons and Dragons” with Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith.
The sources add Page has additionally been flooded with movie gives, which additionally led to a internet hosting gig on NBC’s “Saturday Night time Dwell” in February.
In the meantime, Dyvenor has agreed to a deal to return for Season 2, in line with the present announcement from Woman Whistledown that reads, “Daphne will stay a loyal spouse and sister, serving to her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to supply — extra intrigue and romance than my readers might be able to bear.”
Reps for Rhimes, Shondaland and Page didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Page bade farewell to the present by posting an image of himself on horseback in character as Simon, and wrote, “The trip of a life time. It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be your Duke.
“Becoming a member of this household—not simply on display, however off display too. Our extremely artistic and beneficiant solid, crew, excellent followers—it’s all been past something I might have imagined. The love is actual and can simply continue to grow.”