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Elle Canada: Regé-Jean Page Is Rewriting the Code

The actor became a household name overnight thanks to Bridgerton. Now, he’s a newly minted action star and the face of a Giorgio Armani campaign—and he’s just getting warmed up.

When Regé-Jean Page is speaking to you, you can tell that he’s really listening. It doesn’t matter what the topic of conversation is or if he’s at the end of a long day of press done over a series of sort-of-laggy Zoom calls (which he had to wake up particularly early to participate in from L.A. because, you know, time zones). His dark eyes lock on you, unwavering. And he doesn’t rush to spit out the first thought that comes to mind or speak just to fill a silence; he’s happy to pause and consider, always thoughtful—in a genuine way—about what’s just been said to him and how he’ll respond.

It’s exactly this quality that helped catapult the 34-year-old British-Zimbabwean actor to fame from the moment he first stepped into the spotlight as Duke of Hastings Simon Basset, the smouldering romantic lead of the first season of Netflix’s Regency-era romantic-drama hit Bridgerton, at the end of 2020. It’s also part of why fans were quick to throw his name on the list of rumoured potential James Bond candidates. And it’s why his most recent role, as the face of the brand-new, contemporary version of Giorgio Armani Code Parfum, makes perfect sense. After all, he has that same “I’m listening” expression in the campaign video as he runs through crowded streets and time moves backwards—until he bumps into a woman and the world around them is reset as they gaze at each other.

“People think of masculinity and they think of strength, but we need to redefine what strength means. Is it an unwillingness to bend, or is there strength in vulnerability, in being able to listen and adapt?”

Masculinity is something Page is interested in exploring in his work, and he plays with it in the Armani campaign as well. The tag line is “Rewrite the code,” which—surprise, surprise—the star has contemplated rather than just reading it as a clever slogan. “Masculinity should continuously self-examine and evolve,” he says. “Codes are meant to help you function, but they need to be constantly updated—just like the [operating system] on a laptop needs to be. Otherwise, an outdated code will break and not facilitate the function it is meant to serve. Masculinity needs to be in flux; it needs to change. People think of masculinity and they think of strength, but we need to redefine what strength means. Is it an unwillingness to bend, or is there strength in vulnerability, in being able to listen and adapt?”

Flexibility and evolution are at the centre of Page’s career choices. Despite the show’s success, he made the decision to leave Bridgerton after the first season, telling Variety at the time that it was because he felt that the story arc for Simon and his romance with Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) was complete. Why mess with that fairy-tale happy ending, right?

Source: Elle Canada

L’Officiel: Regé-Jean Page is Rewriting the Rules

The Bridgerton heartthrob is changing the way you see the world by changing what you see on screen.

Regé-Jean Page has made a career of playing masculine roles. From Bridgerton’s Duke of Hastings to The Gray Man’s Carmichael to the rumors around him playing the next James Bond, Page is the poster guy for the hetero male lead. And yet, he’s not a subscriber to the “traditional ideas” that have created this archetype. He admits that his characters are all “little bits” of him—though he points out that he’s most similar to the Duke, minus the moodiness—yet Page emphasizes his “spotlight-averse” tendencies. “The trick with traditional ideas, they’re never quite as static as we think they are,” explains the actor, pointing out that high heels were originally designed for Persian soliders and pink was once considered “the most masculine color.” In his cover shoot, the L’OFFICIEL Hommes Fall 2022 cover star opens up about rewriting tradition and more.

Source: L’Officiel USA

IndieWire: Regé-Jean Page Was ‘Physically Shook’ Watching ‘The Gray Man’ and Calls Russo Bros. Film ‘Insane’

“This is the biggest action movie that I’ve ever seen,” Page said of the caper starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans.

Even the Duke of Hastings can’t compete with “The Gray Man.”

“Bridgerton” breakout Regé-Jean Page detailed his secretive role in the Russo Brothers’ spy caper “The Gray Man,” in select theaters July 15 and streaming on Netflix July 22. The cat-and-mouse thriller stars Chris Evans as sociopathic assassin Lloyd Hansen, who is hired to hunt down CIA mercenary Courtland Gentry, aka Sierra Six (Ryan Gosling), after a security breach. Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton, and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” scene-stealer Julia Butters also star in the most expensive Netflix film to date.

“I mean, the scope of the thing is insane,” Page told Elle. “I think the Russos have talked about that publicly in terms of how many set pieces they have going, in terms of the size of their ambition for this project. When I watched this thing in a screening room, it physically shook me. So I don’t think that there’s any limits to how big this is. This is the biggest action movie that I’ve ever seen.”

He added, “The fun thing about the Russos, they are such masters of genre that they can kind of turn on a dime between an absolute white-knuckle adrenaline ride, and then this kind of community-esque wink at the camera where everything is actually very funny, straight back into white-knuckle action, you know? I think the way that they’re able to play with genre like that and make sure that everyone’s having this compelling, enjoyable experience through a movie with such weight is really quite special.”

Details about Page’s character are still “in the classified file” according to the actor, but he could reveal that his onscreen persona is the “head of the CIA clandestine services” and that the role gave him an opportunity to showcase a new side of his acting talent.

“There’s a lot of shadow and contrast to this character, it’s something that I don’t think people have seen a lot of from me specifically before, which was great fun for me to play with,” Page said. “These people live in the shadows, you kind of gotta discover them in the movie.”

The Russo Brothers already dished that “The Gray Man” was the “movie [that] almost killed us,” with Joe Russo adding, “There are, like, nine action sequences, and it’s so relentless in that regard. It was relentless to make.”

Like Page, the Russos crafted “character-oriented” action sequences around the duality of the ensemble cast. Anthony Russo previously said, “We start all of our exploration of action through character. How do we test who this character is? How do we trap them in the worst possible place, like in the airplane sequence. That’s a very vulnerable place for that character to be in, and it shows you how vigilant he is, and how disciplined he is.”

“The Gray Man” is already spurring a franchise based on Gosling’s Sierra Six character with a follow-up film already in motion, plus expected spinoff projects.

“The focus is to make ‘Gray Man 2.’ Our appetite is voracious and the intention is always to do more than we can,” Anthony Russo concluded.

Source: IndieWire

The Hollywood Reporter: Rege-Jean Page to Star in Paramount’s ‘The Saint’ Reboot (Exclusive)

Playwright-actor Kwame Kwei-Armah is writing the film.

Paramount is seeing Regé-Jean Page’s halo.

Page, the breakout actor from Neflix’s Bridgerton, has come aboard to star in and executive produce the studio’s reboot of The Saint. At the same time, playwright and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah has been brought in to write a new draft of the script for the adventure thriller. This is Page’s second project with Paramount following the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons.

Producing The Saint are Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brad Krevoy, as well as Robert Evans, who died in 2019 and will receive a posthumous credit.

The moves put new energy behind the long-gestating project, which as late as last year had Chris Pine attached and Dexter Fletcher directing. That iteration of the project is now shelved, although Fletcher’s current involvement remains unclear. The filmmaker is well-regarded within the studio — he is currently directing Paramount Television Studios’ making-of-The Godfather limited series The Offer for Paramount+.

Saint is based on the early 20th century adventure novels by Leslie Charteris that featured a mysterious man named Simon Templar taking down various bad guys. The character proved quite popular, appearing in comics, serials and, of course, movies and television. Roger Moore famously starred in the 1960s British TV series of the same name, while Val Kilmer starred in Paramount’s 1997 film The Saint as a master of disguise. The logline for the new version is being kept under wraps.

Kwei-Armah co-wrote 892, an indie drama now shooting with John Boyega in the lead. He is also writing the Spike Lee musical All Rise. As a playwright, he won the Peggy Ramsey award and is currently serving as artistic director of The Young Vic in London.

Page’s work as Bridgerton heartthrob Simon Basset made him one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors, with legions of fans disappointed when news came down in April that he would not be returning for the Netflix period drama’s second season.

Since his ascension to the top of Hollywood ranks, he lined up roles in the Russo brothers’ The Gray Man with Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling, as well as Paramount’s Dungeons & Dragons movie. Saint, which would reteam him with Paramount, would be his first time headlining a studio feature.

Page is repped by CAA, Mosaic, The Artists Partnership and attorney Greg Slewett. Kwei-Armah is repped by United Agents, Redefine Entertainment and Lichter, Grossman.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Deadline: Regé-Jean Page Not Returning For Season 2 Of ‘Bridgerton’

The Duke is gone. Regé-Jean Page, who became a global heartthrob as the dashing Duke of Hastings in Season 1 of Bridgerton, will not be part of Season 2 of Shondaland’s hit Netflix series. In typical Bridgerton fashion, the news was revealed by no other than the show’s intrepid Lady Whistledown. Her announcement on Bridgerton’s Twitter account was accompanied by a note, “Your Grace, it has been a pleasure”. (See it below)

Page responded on Twitter. “Pleasure and a privilege! An honour to be a member of the family – on and off screen, cast, crew and incredible fans – the love is real and will just keep growing,” he wrote.

Page and Phoebe Dynevor were breakout stars as Simon, the Duke of Hastings, and Daphne Bridgerton, the couple whose sweeping romance was at the center of Season

For the People alum Page had only been contracted for one season, and the plan was always for him to only do Season 1, based on the first Bridgerton book, The Duke And I, sources said. His character will be referenced going forward though he won’t appear. As a Bridgerton, Dynevor’s Daphne will continue to be a part of the series, Lady Whistledown confirmed. (Each of the eight Bridgerton novels by Julia Quinn centers on one of the Bridgerton siblings.)

The second season of Bridgerton will chronicle the pursuit of a suitable marriage for the eldest sibling, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), as chronicled in the second book, The Viscount Who Loved Me. Anthony’s love interest, Kate Sharma, will be played by Simone Ashley. Production on the new season, whose new cast additions also include newcomer Charithra Chandran as Edwina and Rupert Young as Jack, begins in early April.

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings,” Lady Whistledown wrote. “We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family. Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

In addition to global popularity, which put Page in the mix to be the next James Bond and landed him a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, Bridgerton brought the actor awards recognition for his portrayal of Simon. He won an NAACP Image Award last week and is nominated for an individual SAG Award in addition to sharing in the show’s ensemble nomination.

While Simon and Daphne’s love story wrapped up nicely at the end of Season 1, fans had been looking forward to seeing more of the Duke. “I hope so,” Bridgerton creator Chris Van Dusen said when asked whether Page and Dynevor’s characters will be back as he announced the Season 2 renewal in January. “They are now of course the Duke and Duchess of Hastings but in my mind they will always be Bridgertons and I think they will always be part of the show.”

Today, Van Dusen bid farewell to Page.

“Writing the Duke of Hastings for this series has been a true privilege and I’ll forever cherish His Grace’s #Bridgerton reign,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to the fans for embracing him and to @regejean for bringing him to life in such beautifully moving and memorable ways. #TheDukeIsForever”

With its vibrant mix of Jane Austen-meets-Gossip Girl and its contemporary storytelling redefining the period drama and romance genres, Bridgerton has captivated audiences around the world to shatter Netflix’s viewership records. It became the streamer’s biggest series ever as 82 million households globally watched the first season (partially or in its entirety) in the first four weeks.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Deadline: ‘Bridgerton’ Star Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton And Alfre Woodard Join Ryan Gosling In The Russo Brothers’ ‘The Gray Man’ For Netflix and AGBO

EXCLUSIVE: Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard and Bridgerton breakout star Regé-Jean Page have rounded out cast of the Russo Brothers’ The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana De Armas. Wagner Moura, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush and Julia Butters are also on board.

Joe and Anthony Russo have been developing the project for some time at Sony, and when the package went back on the market over the summer, Netflix was quick to acquire it and set Gosling and Evans to star. The Gray Man will be the biggest-budget feature film in Netflix’s history.

The production is starting in two weeks in Los Angeles. The film is a piece of the strong partnership Netflix and AGBO have garnered in the past year starting with Extraction, which premiered last April to some of the biggest viewing numbers in streamer history. They also worked on the critically acclaimed Mosul, which bowed in November on Netflix.

The Russos penned the script, with a recent polish by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The Russos and Mike Larocca will produce on behalf of AGBO along with Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Chris Castaldi through their Roth Kirschenbaum banner.

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The Gray Man is based on the debut novel by Mark Greaney, published in 2009 by Jove Books. It also is the first novel to feature the Gray Man, freelance assassin and former CIA operative Court Gentry. The action thriller will follow Gentry (Gosling) as he’s hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort at the CIA. The film is based on the first installment of the book series.

Thornton recently wrapped production on the fourth season of his Amazon series Goliath.was He also recently seen in the Sam Taylor-Johnson drama A Million Little Pieces. He is repped by WME, Media Talent Group and Myman Greenspan.

Page is best known for his breakout role in the Netflix series Bridgerton, which earned him a SAG and an NAACP Image Award noms for his individual performance, and recently signed on to star in the Paramount’s untitled Dungeons & Dragons pic. He also appeared in the Amazon pic Sylvie’s Love. He is repped by CAA, Mosaic, The Artists Partnership and Ziffren Brittenham.

Woodard recently received rave reviews for the drama Clemency. She can be seen next in Sony’s Fatherhood opposite Kevin Hart. She is repped by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and Gochman Law.

The Russos and AGBO’s next film Cherry stars Tom Holland and bows March 12 on Apple TV+. They are repped by CAA.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

British Vogue: Who Will Be The Next James Bond?

The hype comes in waves and then resides again, but until we have a definitive announcement, the rumour mill will keep churning out potential answers to the movie world’s most pressing question: who will be the next James Bond? Numerous names have been thrown into the mix to succeed Daniel Craig in the role — from A-list actors expressing an interest to rising stars with fervent followings. And of course, there is always the tantalising prospect of Craig’s replacement being female…

Here, we chart the contenders — both plausible and left-field — who could step into the famous spy’s tuxedo to become the next James Bond once Craig’s last outing as 007 in No Time to Die is finally released.

Regé-Jean Page
Most recently, the internet’s hopes have fallen on the shoulders of Bridgerton’s gallant leading man. “If you’re a Brit and you do something of any kind of renown, that people regard well, then people start saying the ‘B’ word,” the actor has said of the rumours. “It’s like a merit badge… I’m glad to have the badge, I’m glad to be in such wonderful company of people who have the badge, but it’s a badge.” Sounds quite like 007-esque pragmatism, if you ask us.

Read more here.

Source: Vogue UK

Deadline: ‘Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page Joins ‘Dungeons & Dragons’

Regé-Jean Page is going from the Regency-era romance of Shonda Rhimes’s wildly popular Bridgerton on Netflix to the sword-wielding, role-playing action of Paramount’s forthcoming movie adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons. The actor has been cast in a leading role in the movie based on the iconic game franchise from Wizards of the Coast. Page will join previously announced cast Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith

Johnathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley will direct and write the script based on a draft by Michael Gilio. Dungeons & Dragons is a leading fantasy entertainment franchise which is fueled by the imagination of storytellers around the world. The role playing game has been around for 46 years and more than 40 million fans have interacted with or played D&D. The franchise also includes videogames and livestream entertainment on Twitch and YouTube.

Jeremy Latcham is producing through his deal with studio eOne, Hasbro’s entertainment arm. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner is also producing. Hasbro/eOne and Paramount are jointly producing and financing, with eOne distributing in the UK and Canada, and Paramount distributing to the rest of world.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Deadline: ‘Bridgerton’ Creator On Whether Regé-Jean Page & Phoebe Dynevor Will Be Back In Season 2

Bridgerton creator Chris Van Dusen and Netflix this morning announced an official Season 2 renewal for the sweeping Regency romance series.

In an interview on Today with Hoda and Jenna, Van Dusen also confirmed that Season 2 will chronicle the marriage pursuits of the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony, played by Jonathan Bailey, as depicted in the second book of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, The Viscount Who Loved Me.

The shift in emphasis raises questions about the future on the Season 1 romantic leads, Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor. Their characters’ arc was wrapped up nicely at the end of Season 1, which was based on the first book in Quinn’s series, The Duke and I. It centered on the complicated romance between the eldest Bridgerton daughter, Daphne (Dynevor), and the Duke of Hastings Simon Bassett (Page).

“I hope so,” Van Dusen said when asked whether Page and Dynevor’s characters will be back next season. “They are now of course the Duke and Duchess of Hastings but in my mind they will always be Bridgertons and I think they will always be part of the show.”

Dynevor shared with Deadline last week that she was in the dark about her future on the show.

“I genuinely have no idea what they’re going to do with the second season, but I imagine if they’re following the books, then it would be Anthony’s journey,” she said. “I’m sure Daphne will end up getting involved. But yeah, I do wonder what it looks like. I’m excited to find out.”

Van Dusen confirmed that production on Season 2 starts in late spring in London for what is believed to be a six-month shoot.

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Radio Times: Bridgerton director backs Rege-Jean Page for next James Bond

One of the series’ breakout stars has been linked with the high-profile role

Since its arrival on Netflix on Christmas Day, Bridgerton has proved a monumental hit with viewers – and so it’s no surprise that a few of the Bridgerton cast‘s breakout stars are already being linked to some high profile roles.

One of those stars is Simon Basset actor Regé-Jean Page, who is already being mentioned as a possible future James Bond, and Bridgerton director Julie Anne Robinson has now thrown her weight behind those suggestions.

Robinson revealed to Deadline that she had been pleasantly surprised by Page’s performance in the series, saying he’d even surpassed some of her expectations.

“It’s interesting about Regé, I hope he is not offended by this but I never saw him as a sex symbol,” she said. “I always saw him as a serious actor, very committed, a caring professional.

“And now look at him, I mean, goodness me. It’s incredible, I hope he is the next James Bond.

Of course, Page is just the latest in a long line of actors to be linked with the 007 role, which will be vacated by Daniel Craig when the upcoming (and long-delayed) 25th Bond film No Time To Die is eventually released.

And for his part, Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page seems to be enjoying the James Bond rumours, which he discussed with Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on his show last week.

“I think the internet thinks a lot of things, and that’s one of the more pleasant ones, so I’m pleased as far as that goes,” he said.

But he was also quick to point out there was nothing in the rumours at this stage, theorising that he was only being mentioned as a possibility because of his nationality.

“I think there might be an element of cultural translation to be done here,” he continued. “If you’re a Brit and you do something of any kind of renown that people regard well, then people start saying the B-word. It’s like a merit badge. You get the B-word merit badge.

“But I don’t think it’s much more than that. I’m glad to have the badge, I’m glad to be in such wonderful company of people who have the badge, but it’s a badge.”

Source: RadioTimes