Regé-Jean Page Reacts to Losing ‘Krypton’ Role Over Race: “We Still Fly”

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Regé-Jean Page is speaking up about reports that he was passed over for a role because of his skin color. The Bridgerton star was reportedly up for the role of Superman’s grandfather in the Syfy series Krypton, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Page was not cast in the role because he is Black.

“Hearing about these conversations hurts no less now than it did back then,” Page wrote on Twitter yesterday. “The clarifications almost hurt more tbh. Still just doing my thing. Still we do the work. We still fly.”

In a story published on Tuesday per Entertainment Weekly, THR reported that Page auditioned for the role because the creators of Krypton were “passionate about doing some nontraditional casting.” According to sources, former DC Films co-chairman Geoff Johns pushed back on Page, insisting that Superman could not have a Black grandfather.

In response to the claims, Johns’ rep told THR that Johns believed fans expected the character, Seg-El, to look like a younger version of Henry Cavill, who played Superman in Man of Steel.

In an additional statement shared with People, Johns’ rep claimed that Page “never got to the stage where he would be selected by producers to be sent to the studio nor did he ever officially test for WBTV,” adding, “This is being twisted to be something that it is not and someone throwing a name out there to get headlines.”

While the role of Seg-El eventually went to Cameron Cuffe, Page found plenty of success outside of the DC world with Bridgerton, emerging as the breakout star of Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix series shortly after it debuted on the platform in December.

The THR report about Page’s casting scandal was part of a larger investigation into Ray Fisher’s misconduct claims against Joss Whedon, the director of Justice League. To read the full story, head the the Hollywood Reporter website.

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