Bridgerton fans are pretty shaken up that Rege-Jean Page will not be a part of the upcoming season of the Netflix hit. The actor opened up about those rumors about him having landed the other iconic role.
He spoke with The Mirror in an interview and he was questioned about speculation that he might be in line to replace Daniel Craig and become the next James Bond. The actor said, âAh, the âBâ wordâ. He explained that he thinks that if a person is British, they do anything that other people take notice of.
Rege-Jean said, “I think that if you are British, and you do anything of note that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that.” He further added that he thinks it is fairly normal and he is flattered. The actor said, “I think that’s fairly normal, and I’m flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed.”
He was put on the map as the Duke of Hastings in Netflixâs highly popular series. The actor was not keen on revealing anything more about his decision. “Nothing moreâor lessâthan that,” he said. The actor has also revealed that the coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible for him to think about the future.
“We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of theÂ BridgertonÂ family.”
Rege-Jean said, Â “I think the concept of having plans at this moment in history is mildly hilarious. So I’ve given up on making them.” On April 2nd, Bridgertonâs official Instagram account posted a statement that announced the departure of the actor. They wrote, “We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of theÂ BridgertonÂ family.”Â The actor himself took to his social media handle as he confirmed his departure and called the role the âride of a lifetimeâ.
The shocking news of his departure led British media to slash the odds of him becoming the next Bond. He was put next to A-listers like Tom Hardy. Rumors of him becoming the next Bond have been circulating even before the news of his departure.
“If you’re a Brit, and you do something of any kind of renown that people regard well, then people start saying the ‘B’ word,” heÂ toldÂ Jimmy FallonÂ in January, echoing his recent remarks toÂ The Mirror.Â Bridgerton aside, the actor has been filing up his card as he began filming for the next Netflix thriller The Gray Man. He is starring alongside Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling. The actor will also be appearing with Chris Pine and Hugh Grant in a forthcoming Dungeons & Dragons film adaptation. Anyway, there will be other ways to see Rege-Jean flourish. Â
Rege-Jeanâs departure was announced in a typical fashion of the show as a Lady Whistledown society paper. An excerpt from the letter read: âWe bid adieu to RegÃ©-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. Weâll miss Simonâs presence on screen but he will always be part of the Bridgerton family.â
The actor addressed his departure and expressed his gratitude to fans of the show. He commented on the page and shared how it has been an âabsolute pleasureâ and âa privilegeâ. The star further added that joining the Bridgerton family and the connection with the cast, crew and the fans have been nothing like he imagined.
He wrote, âItâs been an absolute pleasure and a privilege! Joining this family â the connection on and off-screen, with our cast, our crew, all the incredible fans, has been like nothing I could have ever imagined â the love is real and will just keep growing.â