Rege-Jean Page reportedly passed on a sizable amount of money to return for season 2 of Bridgerton.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the British heartthrob was offered the chance to be a guest star in three to five episodes of season 2 but declined. The outlet reported that Page would have received $50,000 per episode if he had accepted.
The 31-year-old reportedly turned down the deal due to his desire to pursue his film career. But … per THR he was never intended to be a part of season 2, and was only approached in January or February after he became the show’s breakout star.
News of Page’s departure was was confirmed by Regé-Jean himself, after Shonda Rhimes, and scandalous secret spreader Lady Whistledown posted the news on Twitter.
Season 1 of Bridgerton, focused on the love story between Page’s Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings and Daphne Bridgerton played by Phoebe Dynevor. Season 2 based on the book “The Viscount Who Loved Me” will focus primarily on Anthony Bridgerton’s search for love.
Still … all hope is not lost for Page who could appear in future seasons. Meanwhile he’s addressing reports that he didn’t get the part in Syfy’s Krypton TV series because of his race.
In a new report from THR, it’s revealed that Page auditioned for the role of Superman’s grandfather but DC Films co-chairman Geoff John said Superman could not have a Black grandfather and passed on Page.
In a statement to THR, Johns’ rep said he “believed fans expected the character [of Superman’s grandfather] to look like a young Henry Cavill” who played Superman in “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Justice League.”
“Hearing about these conversations hurts no less now than it did back then,” said Page in a post on Twitter on Wednesday. “The clarifications almost hurt more tbh. Still just doing my thing. Still we do the work. We still fly.
Page recently wrapped filming the Russo brothers’ Netflix film The Gray Man, opposite Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas. He next stars in Paramount’s big-budget Dungeons and Dragons feature, opposite Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith.