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Regé-Jean Page Turned Down Massive Payday To Return For ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 — Report

Regé-Jean Page was reportedly provided a hefty quantity to ‘return as a guest star in three to five episodes’ on ‘Bridgerton.’ There was a cause the British actor declined the supply, a brand new report claims.

Regé-Jean Page might’ve doubtlessly made upwards to $250,000 if he returned for Season 2 of Bridgerton, based on a brand new report. The 31-year-old British actor was “offered an opportunity to return as a guest star” and reprise his function as Simon, the Duke of Hastings, for “three to five episodes” at a “rate of $50,000 an episode,” sources instructed The Hollywood Reporter on April 7. To make clear, this may solely be a “guest star” function as a result of the Shonda Rhimes-produced Netflix sequence had at all times meant to deal with on a unique Bridgerton sibling in every season. Given that Phoebe Dynevor‘s character, Daphne, already discovered love with Simon in Season 1, “sources say nearly everyone close to the show knew Page only had a one-year deal for Bridgerton,” the outlet added.

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Regé-Jean Page as his character Simon, The Duke of Hastings, on Season 1 of Bridgerton. [Everett Collection]

“The plan from the start was for the sophomore season to be based on Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me,” the report continued, referring to the second installment of Julia Quinn‘s book series that the Netflix show is based on. Staying true to the written work, the television adaptation’s sophomore season will deal with Daphne’s older brother Anthony Bridgerton, and Regé-Jean “never planned to be part of the story,” based on THR.

What wasn’t deliberate, nonetheless, was the extent of stardom Regé-Jean reached after Bridgerton went on to interrupt Netflix viewership data following its premiere in Dec. 2020. So, “the production reached out to Page’s camp in January or February with an offer to return — after he and the show broke out — even though plans for season two never included his character, Simon,” the sources within the report claimed.

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Regé-Jean Page along with his co-star Phoebe Dynevor, who performed Daphne. Phoebe might be returning for Season 2 of Bridgerton. [Everett Collection]

However, Regé-Jean reportedly handed up on the payday as a result of he’s now “laser focused on his burgeoning film career,” the sources instructed THR. His staff has been “flooded with film offers following his breakout role in Bridgerton,” the report added, which stated that’s the rationale Regé-Jean nabbed a coveted internet hosting gig on Saturday Night Live in February. HollywoodLife has reached out to Regé-Jean’s rep for an announcement on this report.

Regé-Jean already has a roster of thrilling movies popping out, too, all that includes large names: he simply completed filming the Netflix movie The Gray Man, which was directed by the well-known Russo brothers and also will star Ana de Armas, Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling. Next on his plate might be capturing the Paramount function Dungeons and Dragons alongside co-stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith. Regé-Jean has even sparked buzz that he’ll be enjoying the subsequent James Bond (such rumors appear to be rooted in betting in the meanwhile, although).

Regé-Jean’s exit from Bridgerton shouldn’t precisely be a shock, both, contemplating what he has stated in a current interview. (*2*) he instructed Variety after asserting that he was leaving the present on April 2.

Regardless, that didn’t cease numerous followers from expressing their shock over the news. Even Kim Kardashian wrote, “What is happening!!??? How can this be?” Well, if true, it seems to be like this new report solutions these questions.

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