Revealed by his role in The Chronicle of the Bridgerton, sulphurous series in costumes which made the heyday of Netflix at the beginning of the year, Regé-Jean Page surprised the public by announcing that his character, Simon Basset, aka the Duke of Hastings, would not appear in the cast of season 2.
Now much courted by Hollywood, the 31-year-old British actor, who got his first lead role in Shonda Rhimes ‘For the People series in 2018, will star in the Russo Brothers’ upcoming film The Gray Man, a ambitious Netflix thriller starring alongside Chris Evans, Ana De Armas or Ryan Gosling.
However, the actor made a surprising revelation on his Twitter account following an interview with actor Ray Fischer in the Hollywood Reporter on April 7. In open conflict with Warner following accusations of toxic behavior targeting Joss Whedon on the set of the Justice League reshoots, he also mentioned racist statements from Geoff Johns, the co-founder of DC Films.
According to Fisher, Johns also had problematic behavior during the production of Krypton, a series on the genesis of Superman produced by Syfy and DC Films, when Regé-Jean Page, before being cast in Bridgerton, had auditioned. to play Seyg-El, the superhero’s grandfather and main role of the series.
Despite the enthusiasm of the creators of the series, and , on the prospect of constituting “an unconventional casting“the DC Films co-founder allegedly dismissed Page from the project on the grounds that”Superman does [pouvait] not have a black grandfather“, according to several sources.
Very affected by this decision, the young actor, who was unaware of the reason, returned to it in a message published on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
“Hearing about these discussions is no less painful today than it was then. The justifications are almost even more hurtful, to be honest. I will continue to make my way. We will continue to do the job. We are always cool“he writes.
The word “fly” can have a double meaning here, meaning both “fly” and “be stylish” in slang. For the site Deadline, if Page does not directly mention Krypton, the use of that word would be a thinly veiled allusion to the series around the genesis of Superman.
The role of Seyg-El in Krypton was ultimately assigned to Cameron Cuffe, and the series canceled by Syfy in 2019 after two seasons. Regé-Jean Page’s career is only taking off.
The Bridgertons Chronicle trailer on Netflix: