Daphne and Simon ceaselessly. Phoebe Dynevor reacted to Regé-Jean Page’s surprising Bridgerton exit forward of the present’s 2nd season.
Dynevor, 25, performs Daphne Bridgerton on the Netflix present, whereas Page, 31, took on the function of her love curiosity, Simon Basset (in any other case often known as the Duke of Hastings).
“I had a bit of a heads up, so I knew,” the actress stated on the Thursday, May 20, “Variety Awards Circuit Podcast” episode. “But yeah, I guess it is a spanner. But again, the show centers around the Bridgertons, and there are eight books. And I think maybe the fans of the books were more aware of that happening than the fans of the show. Because I think the fans of the books know that every episode is about a different sibling. And we’re very much passing on the baton to the lovely [Jonathan Bailey], who plays Anthony, and that will be the main storyline of season 2 and the story arc of season 2.”
Netflix introduced that the actor was leaving the present on April 2 with a press release written within the voice of the present’s narrator, Lady Whistledown.
“Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” the assertion stated. “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. Yours truly, Lady Whistledown.”
Page shared the assertion, including a candy message of his personal. “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.
Though the announcement got here as a shock to many, the Mortal Engines actor by no means deliberate to return to the sequence.
The London native preferred the concept of his run on the present being “like a limited series,” mentioning to Variety that there’s “value in completing these arcs and sticking the landing.”
Bridgerton was picked up for season 2 in January. The present, which is ready in regency-era England, shortly turned Netflix’s most-watched authentic sequence after its Christmas Day 2020 premiere.
While season 1 targeted on Dynevor and Page’s characters, subsequent episodes can pay nearer consideration to the love tales of various members of the Bridgerton household. Season 2 will give attention to Jonathan Bailey‘s Anthony Bridgerton, but likely won’t look precisely like its supply materials: Julia Quinn’s novels of the identical title.
“With all the books and the relationships in the series, I think Julia Quinn has always been sort of saying the books are the starting point and the writers can have fun around it,” Luke Thompson, who performs Benedict Bridgerton on the present, stated throughout a SAG Awards pre-show on Sunday, April 4. “The main structure is the book, yes, but the writers are also having fun with it, like all the other departments are.”
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