Will Regé-Jean Page Make a Surprise Cameo in ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2?

Regé-Jean Page had his breakout role in the period drama series Bridgerton. Page portrayed Simon Basset, the charming Duke of Hastings. When the actor announced his departure from the Netflix show, Bridgerton fans were devastated. But is there a possibility that the Duke could make a surprise cameo in the new season? 

Regé-Jean Page departs from ‘Bridgerton’

On Apr. 2, Lady Whistledown posted a letter to Twitter announcing Page’s departure from the show. The note read: “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. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.”

Page took to Instagram to confirm the news, stating that he won’t return for season 2 of Bridgerton. The 31-year old actor posted a photo of himself on a horse – dressed like the Duke himself. “The ride of a lifetime. It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be your Duke,” he wrote in the caption. 

“Joining this family – not just on-screen, but off-screen too,” he added. “Our incredibly creative and generous cast, crew, outstanding fans – it’s all been beyond anything I could have imagined. The love is real and will just keep growing.”

Will Regé-Jean Page make a cameo in season 2?

Emmy nominated Rege-Jean Page standing next to Phoebe Dynevor in Bridgerton
(L to R) Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor from ‘Bridgerton’ Season 1 | Liam Daniel/Netflix

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Initially, Page was not set to return to season 2 of Bridgerton. The Netflix series is based on the novel set by Julia Quinn. Each season delves into a different member of the Bridgerton family.

The first season was based on the first book in the series, The Duke and I – the book follows Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and her love story. The second season will be based on the second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which centers around Daphne’s older brother, Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey).

In an interview with Variety, the actor shared that his departure was planned from the start. “It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end—give us a year,” he said. “[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit, and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

But, the Duke of Hastings might make an appearance in season 2 after all. Page was asked if the Duke would show up at all in the second season. He responded, “You know I couldn’t tell you!” Then he said, “Isn’t there something wonderful about being surprised by what you weren’t suspecting?” 

Many Bridgerton fans took this as a hint to a possible return, maybe even a surprise cameo in the new season. While the storyline for season 2 remains under wraps, fans should definitely keep an eye out for the Duke and his noble steed. 

When will ‘Bridgerton’ return for Season 2?

In January 2021, Netflix announced that the period drama would return for season 2. The film production started in London in the spring of 2021. Additionally, the second season will focus on Daphne’s older brother, Anthony Bridgerton.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, four new cast members will join the second season. Charithra Chandran (Alex Rider) will play Edwina Sharma, Kate’s younger sister; Shelley Conn (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Nina’s Heavenly Delights) will play Mary Sharma, Kate’s mother; Calam Lynch (Dunkirk, Derry Girls) will play Theo Sharpe, a printer’s assistant; Rupert Young (Doc Martin, Doctor Who) will play Jack, the newest member that has several connections to noble families. There is no release date for season 2 at this time. 

The first season of Bridgerton is streaming now on Netflix.