Sunday, May 26, 2024

“Bridgerton” Starts Shooting Season 3 with a Replacement Character for Rege-Jean Page


“Bridgerton” starts shooting season 3, and the producers are not stupid.

Into the cast they’ve brought actor Daniel Francis playing a new character who is obviously a replacement for Rege-Jean Page.

Francis will play Marcus Anderson, described as “a charismatic presence who lights up any room he enters, attracting the notice of certain matriarchs in the ton — and the ire of others.”

Page was the sensation of season 1 as Simon Bassett, the sizzling sex symbol who turned the show into a hit overnight. But his character wasn’t part of the subsequent “Bridgerton” books that were to be filmed for the Netflix films– and he wasn’t going to be written into them.

Since then. the sex factor on “Bridgerton” has been demoted to Hallmark movie levels– rated G with a wink. Season 2 star Jonathan Bailey didn’t get busy. And season 3 star Luke Newton looks lire more chamomile tea. So Francis may be the key to lighting up “Bridgerton” skirts this time around.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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