Bridgerton: Netflix announce second season of hit show
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Netflix quickly lined up three more seasons of the smash hit bodice ripper after it became the streamer’s most-watched series back in December. Unfortunately, Bridgerton has lost its leading man for the time being, but Regé-Jean Page hasn’t completely ruled out making a surprise return.
Regé-Jean Page has hinted he could be reconsidering his decision to exit his role as the Duke of Hastings after just one season of Bridgerton.
Simon Basset’s steamy love affair with high society debutante Daphne Bridgerton (played by Phoebe Dynevor) captivated audiences when the series released last year.
In a new interview with Jean-Page in GQ, the British actor didn’t rule out the possibility of his return at some point in Bridgerton’s future.
Neither confirming nor denying, he said at first: “You know I couldn’t tell you!”
When asked about the chance of making a cameo or surprise guest appearance, Jean-Page skirted around the subject, suggesting a comeback could still be on the cards.
He then added: “Isn’t there something wonderful about being surprised by what you weren’t suspecting?”
While it’s unlikely the Duke would return for another whole season, the star’s comments suggested he might be paying Regency London a short visit at some point in the next three seasons.
In Julia Quinn’s original books, Daphne and the Duke take a backseat to the action as the series takes on a more episodic approach.
However, fans of their core relationship in the first season were disappointed to learn Jean-Page wouldn’t be returning.
Season two will almost certainly be complicated by the fact Phoebe Dynevor will be reprising her role as Daphne without the presence of her husband.
Thankfully, a cameo from the Duke seems much more likely now Jean-Page has teased a surprise could be in-store.
Bridgerton season two isn’t expected to release until later this year or even early 2022, so fans still have a while left to wait.
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In the meantime, the show’s breakout star has also had to clarify the circumstances around his unexpected departure.
When asked whether he was fired from the series, he told GQ: “No, I respectfully exited.
“I didn’t want to put them in an awkward situation where they had to kick me out.”
Jean-Page also admitted he had left the series’ WhatsApp group following his departure.
Although his reasons for leaving have not been made public, his packed schedule following his breakthrough role probably has something to do with it.
In addition to being touted as the next 007, Jean-Page has already lined up a major role in Marvel directors the Russo Brothers’ next film, The Gray Man.
He’ll also be appearing in the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie, along with fellow British legend Hugh Grant and Wonder Woman star Chris Pine.
Bridgerton season 1 is available to stream on Netflix.
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