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From aristocrat to vigilante, Regé-Jean Page chosen to succeed Roger Moore and Val Kilmer in The Saint


The Revelation of the Romantic Series The Bridgertons Chronicle will headline this new big-screen adaptation of the adventures of adventurer Simon Templar.

A first name that brings luck. From Simon Bassett Duke of Hastings to Simon Templar, iconic hero of the adventure saga The Saint, Regé-Jean Page will not be disoriented. The revelation of the series in costume The Bridgertons Chronicle, who has broken the hearts of millions of fans by revealing that he will only be returning for a second season in Shonda Rhimes’ Regency London, continues his ascent. The 31-year-old Briton has been chosen to succeed Roger Moore and Val Kilmer in the costumes and disguises of Simon Templar. He will also be present behind the camera as a producer. This commitment adds a new franchise to its arc: Regé-Jean Page has also signed to participate in the adaptation of the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.

The arrival of the actor gives impetus to this new iteration on the big screen of the vigilante and modern Robin Hood, born in the novels of Leslie Charteris (1907-1993). Developed by Paramount for several years, the film has so far been in the hands of Dexter Fletcher (Bohemian rhapsody and Rocketman). For a while it was Chris Pine, the hero of Star Trek who was to take on the role of Templar.

The script for this version was entrusted to playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah. No details on the plot have filtered yet. Subject of several films, including one with Jean Marais in the skin of the gentleman righter of wrongs, The Saint especially made the heyday of the English television channel ITV. Roger Moore assured six seasons of the series between 1962 and 69 before returning for a short resurrection between 78 and 79. A first remake was attempted on the big screen in 1997 with Val Kilmer in the title role.

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