A new adaptation of The Saint is in the works at Paramount Pictures with Bridgerton‘s Regé-Jean Page set for the lead role.
The Saint originates from author Leslie Charteris. He introduced the literary adventures of Simon Templar (aka “The Saint”) in the 1928 novel Meet the Tiger. The Robin Hood-like character has since been the source of several radio, television and film adaptations. Most notably, actor Roger Moore introduced audiences to Templar through the widely popular 1960s television series.
Last year, news broke that Chris Pine would star in Paramount’s reboot. That adaptation lined up Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman) to direct a script by Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows). The news of Page taking on the role indicates that the Pine/Fletcher adaptation will not proceed.
Not only will Page star in the new take on The Saint, but the England-based actor will also executive produce the project. Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah will pen the latest script. Meanwhile, Lorenzo DiBonaventura, Brad Krevoy, Mark Vahradian and the late Robert Evans are attached as producers. Evans will receive a posthumous credit, after having produced Paramount’s 1997 adaption that starred Val Kilmer.
Since his breakout role in Bridgerton, Page has been high up on the lists of several movie executives. The in-demand actor recently wrapped filming on the Russo brother’s latest Netflix action film The Gray Man. He is currently acting alongside Pine in Paramount’s Dungeons & Dragons adaptation.