Bridgerton’s Duke of Hastings, reggae-Jean Page, has defined his next starring role after leaving the Netflix event series. The actor would star in the remake of The Saint (1962–1969) and create an attraction similar to Lupine, another success of the streaming service.
Like Lupine, whose protagonist is played by Omar C., the character is a reimagining of Arsne Lupine, made into books by Maurice LeBlanc (1864–1941), the literary series started in the 1920s by St. Leslie Charteris. is based on -1993). ), focuses on Simon Templar, a professional thief who runs scams across Europe.
According to information from The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has studied Page’s name since his emergence as a Bridgerton star. Upon announcing that he would not be returning for the second season of the series, the actor was approached for some studio projects.
Known for his work in theater plays in the United States, Kwame Kwei-Armah was called by the studio to write the screenplay for the feature. As of 2020, Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman) was tipped to direct the film, but his involvement in the project has not been confirmed by Paramount.
The success of Chartreuse’s books has made Simon Templar an icon among Americans, who have become accustomed to seeing the character in comics and advertising campaigns. His most famous incarnation was that of pre-007 Roger Moore (1927–2017), who starred in the series The Saints over six seasons.
In 1997, Val Kilmer (Batman Forever) headlined the cast of the film of the same name, which would reunite directly to TV in 2017, starring Adam Renner (Superman and Lois).
The St. is not Page’s first project at Paramount. He is cast in the new Dungeons & Dragons film alongside Chris Pine (Star Trek), Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious) and Justice Smith (Pokémon: Detective Pikachu).
Despite being dropped from the Bridgerton cast, Page was also asked for another project within Netflix. He will be in The Gray Man, a new action franchise created by the Russian brothers (Avengers: Ultimatum), starring Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling and Wagner Moura.