Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page will reportedly star in a television reboot of the classic western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
According to The Mirror the actor, 34, will play outlaw Butch, made famous by Paul Newman in the 1969 film, with the action being transported to an ‘alternative America’.
The Amazon series entitled simply Butch and Sundance will be helmed by Marvel directors the Russo brothers with hopes of spin-offs and a larger franchise to follow.
Coming soon: Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page, 34, to star in a ‘TV reboot of 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, set in an alternative America
Regé-Jean is joined by Top Gun’s Glen Powell, 33, who is said to be stepping into Robert Redford’s boots as The Sundance Kid, with both actors serving as executive producers.
Based on a true story, the original film, which has been ranked the 73rd greatest movie of all time by the American Film institute, follows the story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy, and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the ‘Sundance Kid’.
The duo are on the run after a string of train robberies and later flee to Bolivia alongside Sundance’s lover Etta Place, played by Katherine Ross.
MailOnline have contacted Regé-Jean’s representatives for comment.
Original stars: Robert Redford (left) played The Sundance Kid and Paul Newman (right) starred as Butch Cassidy in the 1969 original
It comes after Regé-Jean’s name was again rumoured to be in contention to take on the role of James Bond after movie bosses teased a special upcoming announcement.
Sharing a cryptic post of a retro typewriter, the account – under the late writer Ian Fleming’s name [he died in 1964], teased the announcement for October 5, which has officially been dubbed ‘James Bond day’.
‘See you on James Bond Day! #007,’ penned the account- adding eyeball emojis.
Joining forces: Regé-Jean will be joined by Top Gun’s Glen Powell, 33 (pictured) who is said to be stepping into Robert Redford’s boots as The Sundance Kid, with both actors serving as executive producers
Movie makers: The Amazon series entitled simply Butch and Sundance will be helmed by Marvel directors the Russo brothers (pictured) with hopes of spin-offs and a larger franchise to follow
He told The Mirror: ‘Ah, the B word. I think that if you are British and you do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that.’
However despite being the bookies favourite, the Bridgerton star said he was bemused by the idea of making any plans at ‘this moment in history’ and has ‘given up’ doing so.
October 5 is also known as James Bond Day for fans of the long-running franchise – as it is the date of the 1962 World Premiere of the first James Bond film.
Big screen: Based on a true story the original movie, which has been ranked the 73rd greatest film of all time by the American Film institute
This day of celebrations first began in 2012 when the Bond films celebrated their golden anniversary – holding events all around the globe.
No Time To Die marked Daniel Craig’s fifth and final film, raising questions of who will be taking on the role.
Tom Hardy seemingly confirmed that he wants to be the next 007 – by refusing to talk about the part in fear it will get him blacklisted.
Speaking to the Daily Beast in 2017, he admitted: ‘If I mention it, it’s gone.’
Coming soon: It comes after Regé-Jean’s name was again rumoured to be in contention to take on the role of James Bond after movie bosses teased a special upcoming announcement
He explained: ‘You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race. So I can’t possibly comment on that one!’
While Henry has been on record for years indicating he’s still interested in the coveted role should an opportunity arise.
In the running: he said: ‘Ah, the B word. I think that if you are British and you do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that’
News: No Time To Die marked Daniel Craig’s fifth and final film, raising questions of who will be taking on the role
He told The Sunday Times in 2021 that ‘time will tell’ if he becomes the latest actor to portray the iconic role, with Daniel Craig exiting the action franchise.
‘You don’t know which direction they want to take Bond in and so I like to say that everything’s always on the table,’ he said.
The Superman star, who was up for the role in 2005 when Daniel was cast, speculated on who could be eyed for the role.
Could it be? Fans are eager to know who will be taking on the role – including Henry Cavill (left) and Tom Hardy (right)
He told GQ in 2020 that he ‘would absolutely jump at the opportunity’ if it arose, as he ‘would love to play Bond’ and that ‘it would be very, very exciting.’
Fans have been reliving the famous James Bond sketch between Daniel Craig and Queen Elizabeth II, following her death last week at age 96.
The world saw a more spirited side to Her Majesty when she made a cameo appearance in director Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony for the Olympic Games.
In the comedy sketch, Craig, 54, called at Buckingham Palace to summon the Queen to the event.
Looking back on the time with fond memories, the actor described filming a scene with the Queen for London 2012 as “an incredible thing” while admitting the country will never again see the likes of the late monarch.
The Queen, who was sitting at her writing desk, made him wait before greeting him with the words: ‘Good evening, Mr. Bond.’
Old times: Fans have been reliving the famous James Bond sketch between Daniel Craig and Queen Elizabeth II, following her death last week at age 96 (pictured in the sketch)
They walked together, along with some of her corgis, towards a helicopter and set off, flying over London to the Olympic Stadium, concluding with a stunt double of the Queen parachuting into the arena.
Seconds later, the real Queen, wearing the same peach dress as the stunt double, entered the stadium to rapturous applause.
Reflecting on the scene, Craig told the BBC at the Toronto International Film Festival: ‘What an incredible thing. We will not see the likes of her ever again.
‘To be alive during her reign is something else. (I’m) very saddened, so I suppose good luck to Charles, really.’
Looking back: James Bond star Daniel Craig described filming a scene with the Queen for London 2012 as “an incredible thing”