British actor of Zimbabwean origin Regé-Jean Page, who rose to fame for his role on the hit period romance series Bridgerton, by Netflix, landed his first film starring role in a remake of the 1997 action thriller The Saint, Based on the homonymous novel series by writer Leslie Charteris (published 1928).
As reported by the specialized site Deadline, Page, who months ago confirmed that he will not participate in the second installment of the aforementioned Netflix strip, signed during the last hours the contract to head the cast of the new film, which will be developed by Paramount Pictures.
This production will feature a script by Kwame Kwei-Armah, and will reimagine the story centered on Simon Templar, known as El Santo, a criminal and thief for hire who lives a series of adventures around the world, and who was taken for the last time to the big screen in the film directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Val Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue.
Phoebe Dynevor accompanies Regé-Jean Page in a scene from “Bridgerton,” an Emmy-nominated show. Netflix photo
Previously, the character had had adaptations on radio shows during the 1940s and ’50s, in which he was occasionally portrayed by legendary actor Vincent Price, and was later moved to television in the’ 60s, where he was personified by Roger Moore.
Paramount has been insisting on this project for more than a year, when there was talk of Dexter Fletcher in the direction (Rocketman, Bohemian Rhapsody) and the leading role of Chris Pine as Simon Templar.
The actor turned down the offer of the second season of “Bridgerton” because he was offered little. Netflix photo
And if the plans did not change too much, regardless of the protagonist, the film will place The Saint “As a Robin Hood-style criminal and thief, embarked on a globe-trotting adventure.” They would be looking to turn Simon Templar into a saga of “full length” and moving was thought of Pine by the blond Val Kilmer / Brad Pitt look.
The figure of El Santo became known on television in 1962, and it was a series that spanned the decade and ran until February 1969. Of the total 118 episodes, the first 71 were made in black and white and the remaining 47, in color. .
Roger Moore, as The Saint of television. Photo EFE
The series, very popular in our country, was starring Roger Moore (the favorite James Bond of a whole generation), a righteous dandy with sophisticated tastes, sharp irony and a broad stereotype of phlegmatic English.
Roger’s role was so moving that it was almost a “one-man series” with too minor characters. Moore never played Simon Templar again, even though in the movie The Saint, from 1997, starring Val Kilmer, it is his voice that is heard on the car radio.
Val Kilmer, The Saint of cinema. Photo Clarín Archive
The former star of Bridgerton It transpired that he will star in and also executive produce the film, as did Val Kilmer in 1997 and Roger Moore in the 1960s series. The big difference is that Regé-Jean Page does not have the same profile as his Caucasian predecessors.
In the networks, the rebound of the news was somewhat confusing. Some said, “We are very grateful, Your Excellency” or “It will be great.” Others: “I don’t know what to think about it. A year ago, Chris Pine was cast for The Saint.”