‘Bridgerton’ Breakout Start Regé-Jean Page Will Not Be in Season 2
I REPEAT REGÉ-JEAN PAGE WILL NOT APPEAR IN SEASON 2 OF BRIDGERTON
It’s time say farewell to our beloved Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings.
In true Bridgerton style, the announcement of Regé-Jean Page’s character departure was delivered via the show’s mysterious narrator, Lady Whistledown.
“Dearest Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings,” a notice posted to the show’s Twitter account said. “We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.”
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— Bridgerton (@bridgerton) April 2, 2021
While for many this may come as a surprise, fans of the Julian Quinn romance novels on which the series is bases, the news will not come as a shock. For the most part, the character’s storyline plays out in the first book “The Duke and I.”
Page was well aware of this fate, the actor told Variety “It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end – give us a year,” Page said. “[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”
The British-Zimbabwean actor took to his Instagram to bid adieu to the Duke, giving fans one last look at the rakish character, tipping his hat to “the ride of a life time.”
Shondaland boss Shonda Rhimes took to twitter to remind console fans.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) April 2, 2021
The romance drama has been a huge hit for Netflix, a record 82 million households sped through the series’ eight episodes in the first month after its release. The show has also found success throughout awards season. Last week, Page won the series’ first acting prize, taking home the NAACP Image Award for outstanding actor in a drama series.
This is certainly not the last we’ll be seeing of Page, who recently wrapped filming on the Russo brothers’ Netflix spy thriller “They Gray Man,” starring alongside Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. Future projects include a leading world in a new film adaptation of the world of “Dungeons & Dragons.”