Bridgerton Showrunner Breaks Silence on Recasting Rege-Jean Page

When Bridgerton hit our screens, Rege-Jean Page burst into our hearts, minds, and swoon couches. The handsome duke was the breakout star of Season 1.

He was so dynamic that when he announced that he was leaving the show, many wondered whether the show would be able to continue without his presence. It did, and Season 2 brought Joanthon Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton under our gazes as we fluttered our fans.

Will We See Rege-Jean Page Again?

Duke of Hastings and Daphne Bridgerton
Image Credit: Netflix.


Now, with season 3 approaching, fans want to know: Will Rege-Jean Page be recast? Will the Duke of Hastings return to the Bridgerton world, albeit looking a little different?

The answer, says new showrunner Jess Brownell, is no. While the characters will continue to exist in the Bridgerton world, we won’t see them anytime soon. This probably means that Pheobe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridegrton, won’t be seen either.

“There’s no recasting happening,” Brownell told Refinery29 Australia. “Regé-Jean Page is forever our Simon.”

“In my mind, Simon and Daphne are there,” she continues. “We don’t see every moment in the Bridgerton’s lives. Like, they’re going to visit them, they’re all getting together as a family — it’s just not what you see on camera. So they still exist in the world.”

This doesn’t mean a recasting will happen. When Ruby Stokes, who played Francesca Bridgerton, left to take a role in the cruelly canceled yet superb Lockwood and Co, Hannah Dodd took her place—making her Season 3 debut as the quietest of the Bridgerton siblings.

Bridgerton Season 3

Bridgerton Season 3 will be released in two parts. The first part will be released on May 16th, 2024, and the second part will be released on June 13th, 2024.

Season 3 will focus on Colin and Penelope’s love story in a massive departure from the books. The characters, played by Colin Newton and Nicola Coughlin, respectively, are featured in the series’s 4th book, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton.

After hearing his disparaging words about her last season, Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) has finally given up on her long-held crush on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton). She has, however, decided it’s time to take a husband, preferably one who will provide her with enough independence to continue her double life as Lady Whistledown, far away from her mother and sisters.

But lacking in confidence, Penelope’s attempts on the marriage mart fail spectacularly. Meanwhile, Colin has returned from his summer travels with a new look and a serious sense of swagger. But he’s disheartened to realize that Penelope, the one person who always appreciated him as he was, is giving him the cold shoulder.

Eager to win back her friendship, Colin offers to mentor Penelope in the ways of confidence to help her find a husband this season. But when his lessons start working a little too well, Colin must grapple with whether his feelings for Penelope are truly just friendly.

Complicating matters for Penelope is her rift with Eloise (Claudia Jessie), who has found a new friend in a very unlikely place, while Penelope’s growing presence in the ton makes it all the more difficult to keep her Lady Whistledown alter ego a secret.

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