Regé-Jean Page left an enormous gap in Bridgerton followers’ hearts final week when the present introduced the Duke of Hastings wouldn’t be returning for Season 2. It was a Girl Whistledown letter that shocked the world, together with the likes of Kim Kardashian who had simply gotten round to a binge-watch!
Now that we’ve all had a little bit time to dry our eyes, many media consultants and viewers alike are dissecting simply why the breakout star could have stepped away from the present… and, after all, making ready for all the brand new roles followers can watch the hunky actor in!
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Following the streamer’s huge announcement, Page defined to Selection he was by no means imagined to be on the Netflix hit for greater than a 12 months. When signing contracts for the present, he recalled executives saying:
“It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a starting, center, finish — give us a 12 months. [I thought] ‘That’s fascinating,’ as a result of then it felt like a restricted sequence. I get to come back in, I get to contribute my bit after which the Bridgerton household rolls on.”
All that sounds pretty affordable, besides whenever you have in mind the truth that Bridgerton shortly blew the streamer’s data to the bottom, amounting in views from over 82 million households. Maybe the producers didn’t know the gem that they had when signing contracts, however you’d suppose they might battle tougher to carry onto it now that they’ve seen the general public’s admiration! In spite of everything, the position of Lafayette in HBO‘s True Blood was additionally imagined to be a one season arc, however Nelsan Ellis completely crushed it and altered the character’s destiny completely! For actual! He turned a sequence common as a result of he was THAT a lot of a fan favourite. However, sigh, we digress…
Alas, the Shonda Rhimes produced present already introduced it was transferring ahead just like the e book sequence by following a brand new royal’s quest to search out love in Season 2. And whereas it’s positive to be an attractive, dramatic season as Lord Anthony enters the relationship world, with out the Duke, it’s unsure if all followers will return. Darrell Miller, an lawyer at Fox Rothschild who negotiates contracts for expertise, instructed Los Angeles Occasions mentioned on Friday:
“It’s a cardinal rule to have choices on the lead actors in a sequence. This example is extraordinarily distinctive and it might blow up the present and switch off many feminine viewers who loyally watched Season 1 due to Regé-Jean Page.”
Yeah, no kidding!! The present was phenomenal by itself, however Regé-Jean actually introduced a sure kinda eye sweet to the display screen!
(By the way in which, we polled ourselves and votes had been break up! Half of you mentioned you’ll NOT return for Season 2 with out your favourite steamy stud.)
Whereas he’ll supposedly be talked about as having a life off-display screen — particularly since Phoebe Dynevor will reprise her starring position — the 31-12 months-outdated’s presence will undoubtedly be missed. However hopefully not for too lengthy as Regé-Jean has been busy filming plenty of excessive-profile roles. Page is predicted to star in a Netflix spy thriller alongside Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans quickly. Filming simply wrapped with ensemble solid members together with Billy Bob Thornton and Ana de Armas. He additionally landed a job within the Russo brothers’ The Grey Man. Fans of Dungeons & Dragons can anticipate the Brit’s gig in an upcoming position-enjoying sport impressed flick starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Justice Smith.
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And naturally, we’re all nonetheless hoping these James Bond rumors are true, although the actor already denied the potential of entering into Daniel Craig‘s sneakers as soon as he retires from the motion franchise following the discharge of No Time To Die. Taking the chatter as a praise for his success, the performer mentioned on The Tonight Present:
“I believe the web thinks a variety of issues, and that is likely one of the extra nice ones so I will be happy so far as that goes. However I don’t suppose it’s rather more than that. I’m very, very glad to have the badge. I’m glad to be in such great firm of people that have the badge. But it surely’s a badge.”
However for those who simply can’t wait lengthy sufficient for these new films to drop, listed below are a number of (already launched!) solutions the place you’ll be able to fall in love with the previous Duke over again…
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One other Shondaland hit! Page stars in 20 episodes of this prime time sequence!
Whereas Bridgerton stans had been entranced by the Duke’s royal courtship, many could have missed this different romance drama that premiered on the identical day! Starring Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha, this Fifties love story could have you in your feels. And Regé-Jean performs a drummer!
Want one other does of historical past? Try the actor’s US performing debut on this 2016 remake of Roots.
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