British actor Rage-Jean Page, whose season as a dashing duke of Hastings in the hit Netflix series Bridgestone that made him a global heartthrob, will not be a part of the second season.
The announcement was made on the Bridgerton Twitter page via a notice from the show’s narrator Lady Whistledown (Julie Andrew).
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– Bridgerton (@bridgerton) 2 April, 2021
“Dear readers, while all eyes turn to finding a Viscountess to search for Lord Anthony Bridgerton, we bid for the reggae-jean page, which used to play the Duke of Hastings so triumphantly. We see Simon’s presence Will miss, but he will always be part of the Bridgeton family.
“Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, who will help her brother navigate the upcoming social season and have to offer it – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear,” the post read.
Based on Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels, the show is set in the competitive world of Regency era London high society tones during the season, when the debutant is presented in court.
The first season, which premiered in December last year, revolves around romance and marriage, with the eldest Bridgeton’s daughter, Daphne (Phoebe Dienever), and Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings (Page).
Happiness and a privilege! The honor of being a member of the family – on and off screen, cast, crew and unbelievable fanbase – the love is genuine and will just keep growing https://t.co/YBk4RvKNpx
– Reggae-Jean Page (@regejean) 2 April, 2021
Page also responded to the post saying that it was a pleasure to be a part of the show. “Happiness and a privilege! The honor of being a member of the family – on and off screen, cast, crew and unbelievable fans – the love is genuine and will just keep growing, ”he wrote.
Bridgerton season two will advance the search for a suitable marriage for the eldest Bridgerton Sibling, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), as in the second book of Quinn’s book series, The Viscount Who Loved Me. Actress Simone Ashley will play the female lead.
The series also stars Nicola Kaflan, Claudia Jessie, Ruby Barker, Adjoa Andoh, Golda Rochewell, Luke Thompson, Luke Newton, Ruby Stokes, Will Tilton, Florence Hunt, Ruth Gemmell, and Basie Carter.
Chris van Dusen is Bridgerton’s show-runner, produced by media mogul Shonda Rimes, known for shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.