How Regé-Jean Page Feels About Bridgerton Potentially Recasting His Character

Regé-Jean Page shared how he feels about Duke Simon Basset being recast in Bridgerton and whether he's watched season two yet.

By Cydney Contreras Jul 14, 2022 4:48 PMTags
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Regé-Jean Page has put his womanizing ways behind him—at least, in Bridgerton.

The star, who played Duke Simon Basset in season one of the Netflix series, reiterated that he has no intention of returning to the Ton. "They're free to do as they like," he told Variety when asked if he'd be OK with the series recasting the role. "Shonda [Rhimes] and I had a wonderful conversation at the end of season one. We were quite happy with how we stuck the landing on that one."

Bridgerton's season one finale saw his character and Phoebe Dynevor's Daphne welcome their first child together, marking the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. More than that, it was a sign that the once-promiscuous Duke is, as Regé-Jean put it, a reformed "Regency f--kboy."

"We did so well on that redemptive arc that people forget that Simon was kind of horrific," the Gray Man star said. "And so, because we came around full circle so well, because we stuck that landing, you're left with this great feeling. You really do have to be brave about ending stories like that."

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But technically, Simon and Daphne's story didn't end. While Bridgerton shifted focus to Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and his search for a wife in season two, Daphne remains a supporting character, with the characters occasionally making reference to the Duke.


Regé-Jean said he's only heard of these callbacks since he's not "caught up" on the latest episodes, which premiered on Netflix in March.

He has plenty of time though, as season three is still in the early stages of production. In June, season three leads Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton shared a photo together, which Nicola captioned, "Main Character Energy."

The upcoming season will see Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton's friendship evolve into something more—if show creator Chris Van Dusen follows author Julia Quinn's book, that is. 

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