Per a new report, Bridgerton breakout star Regé-Jean Page has been cast in a reboot of The Saint, the series that led Roger Moore to the role of 007.
Bridgerton breakout star Regé-Jean Page has been cast in the upcoming film reboot of The Saint, according to a new report. The movie is Page’s second pending collaboration with Paramount, along with his starring role in the Dungeons & Dragons film. Though Bridgerton fans have lamented the actor’s absence from the upcoming season 2, it looks like they’ll have plenty of content to look forward to in the near future.
The smashing success of Bridgerton season 1 is as much due to the infectious on-camera charisma of Page as any other aspect of the show. That made the news that Page wouldn’t be returning to the Netflix series a major blow to fans. The star has been hard at work lining up more big-ticket projects for himself, however, such as the upcoming Russo Brothers thriller The Gray Man, set to release in 2022. Now, Page has added another exciting film to his future portfolio.
Per THR, Page has signed on to star in Paramount’s reboot of The Saint, a popular series of British action-adventure novels written by Leslie Charteris and famously brought to life on TV by Roger Moore in the 1960s. The new movie is being written by acclaimed playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (G.I. Joe, Transformers) and Brad Krevoy. The Saint has no official release date at this time.
The first Saint story was published in the late 1920s, and the series retained major popularity in the U.K. and internationally for decades afterward. The story centers on Simon Templar, a devil-may-care Robin Hood figure who goes around and above the law to help those in need, taking down corrupt leaders, criminals, and other villains along the way. The character has been compared to James Bond, and Moore’s role in the 1960s TV adaptation is largely responsible for his eventual tenure as 007. That could be good news for the Bridgerton fans who’ve been pushing for Page to become the next Bond after Daniel Craig.
It’s a bit funny that Page will be jumping from one character named Simon on Bridgerton to another Simon in The Saint, especially considering that both roles are largely defined by the characters’ suave and debonair demeanors. Obviously, Page has already proven his ability to play such roles charmingly and convincingly. It should be a treat to see him take on the role of Simon Templar in The Saint, whenever the reboot ends up coming to theaters.
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