Regency-era fans at the ready, Regé-Jean Page is reportedly in talks to make his return to Bridgerton after bowing out of the period drama following his lead role in Season 1. Word is that the actor is open to reuniting with Phoebe Dynevor in Bridgerton Season 3. And yes, we know this sounds too good to be true. Read on for everything we know about this exciting update to The Ton.
“Regé-Jean was always very open about his intention to quit the show after the first season and to move on to other projects,” an unnamed source claimed, speaking to The Sun. “But recently, there has been a dialogue between him and the show’s bosses. Nothing has been formally agreed yet, but watch this space.”
Page played the show’s very first raffish bachelor — Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings — in Season 1, and sparks flew after his rebellious character was coaxed into the tumultuous courting scene of London’s high society. Reluctant to settle down, and happily single, Bassett cooks up a ruse with the Bridgerton family’s fiery eldest sibling Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), and the pair pretend to date. But despite themselves, they grow feelings for one another. When the Duke suddenly leaves London ahead of schedule, Daphne realises what she’s lost, and after sharing a steamy snog in a maze, they’re left to navigate the strict expectations of the era together.
Though the course of love never does run smooth, the couple ultimately find their own fairytale finish, and according to Page, that neatly tied-up ending was part of his motivation for leaving the show — despite the fact his on-screen wife stayed on for the next season.
“It’s a one-season arc,” Page, the new face of men’s fragrance Armani Code, told Variety, recounting his earlier conversations with Bridgerton’s producers Shondaland and explaining his reasoning.
“It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end — give us a year. [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.”
That said, Page still left the gilded door ajar, even as he addressed speculation around his early exit. When GQ grilled him on the prospect of a future cameo, guest appearance or full-blown return, he remained coy. “You know I couldn’t tell you!” he answered initially, before adding “isn’t there something wonderful about being surprised by what you weren’t suspecting?”
Bustle has approached Page’s representatives for comment.