Bridgerton crush Regé-Jean Page is staying quite booked and busy. The actor has already lined up roles in star-studded films The Gray Man and Dungeons & Dragons. And now he’s taking center stage in Paramount’s upcoming reboot of The Saint. Page will star and executive produce the project, which’ll feature him playing yet another Simon. (We first learned of Page’s casting from The Hollywood Reporter.) If Bridgerton is any indication, things work well when Regé-Jean Page is playing a character named Simon.
The Saint is based on a series of novels and short stories in the early-to-mid 20th century by Leslie Charteris. They follow Simon Templar, a Robin Hood-like figure who takes down a host of evildoers, ranging from corrupt politicians to drug runners. The Saint is, of course, Simon Templar’s nickname, though Charteris never reveals its exact origins. The character appeared in more than three dozen novels and short story collections from Charteris between 1928 and 1963. Although several writers produced works featuring Simon Templar in subsequent decades.
Naturally, the series has a storied adaptation history. Most notably, a television series in the ’60s featuring Roger Moore as the titular character just prior to his Bond tenure. And, of course, a 1997 film of the same name that is very loosely based on the novels. Paramount hasn’t released any details so we don’t know whether Page’s Templar will feature one of Charteris’s plots. Or whether, like Kilmer’s film, will be more loosely connected to the novels.
Kwame Kwei-Armah is writing the film. Dexter Fletcher was previously set to direct the project but whether or not he’ll helm the project is still unknown. Page’s involvement is the last bit of news for the reboot, which has been slowly developing for several years. Most recently, Page’s Dungeons & Dragons costar Chris Pine was set to lead the project.
While there’s still so much to learn about the upcoming project, we’re certainly excited to see what sort of shape it takes. And, dear readers, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.