He may have jumped ship after season one, but Rege-Jean Page is reportedly considering a return to Bridgerton for the next season.
The 34-year-old actor could reprise the role of dreamboat Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings in season three of the hit Netflix show.
A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper he was open to returning to the series.
“Rege-Jean was always very open about his intention to quit the show after the first season and to move on to other projects. But recently there has been a dialogue between him and the show’s bosses,” the source said.
“Nothing has been formally agreed yet, but watch this space.”
Rege-Jean had been tipped as a possible candidate to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond.
But whatever happens, 2022 is tipped to be an “exciting year” for the actor, according to the source.
Meanwhile, Rege-Jean previously compared leaving Bridgerton to his last day of school.
“You’re afraid of the unknown, thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I’m never going to make friends as good as the ones I have,’ and then you do,” he said.
Rege-Jean is also aware of his potential influence as a screen star.
“It’s so simple. I can get on a horse and I can put it on the screen; that’s step one,” he said.
“I can be royalty, and [other people of colour] can see the possibility of being royalty. Standing there, wearing the boots and the jacket, doing the dances, inhabiting a space that is perfectly possible for me to inhabit, changes how you see the world.”
He has also spoken about the entertainment industry helping in the fight for racial equality.
“As black people, we’re very used to empathizing with the world through white people’s eyes, because they’re the protagonists. I know what it’s like to look at the world and empathize with Superman because I spent my whole life doing that,” he said.
“What’s revolutionary, in its own way, is getting folks to see the world through my eyes, because then they are in my skin and looking at the world through me.”