Calling all Bridgerton fans. Lady Whistledown is back with a major announcement, and it's unlike anything we could have expected. Bridgerton is adding a limited-series prequel to its empire and we have never been more excited.
Late last week, Netflix announced that it would be working again with Shondaland to create a prequel to the highly-successful franchise; focusing on the origins and love life of Queen Charlotte. The portrayal of the famous monarch, played by Golda Rosheuvel, is one of the few accurately historical inclusions in the series – alongside King George III and Prince Frederick of Prussia.
"Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton,” Bela Bajaria, Netflix head of global TV, shared in a statement.
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In addition to the Queen Charlotte storyline, the Bridgerton prequel will also highlight the upbringing and backstories of both a young Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton. If you're a fan of the original book series, you would know that author Julia Quinn has already briefly touched on Violet's younger self; in her second epilogue, "Violet in Bloom," from The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After.
As we already know, the Bridgerton series has been renewed for two more seasons, which is great news if you love regency era drama; not so great news if you enjoyed seeing Regé-Jean Page shirtless. Although we will have the chance to witness Anthony Bridgerton find his true love (finally, poor sod), we did also get confirmation that Page would not be returning in his role as the Duke of Hastings. While this is certainly sad news, Phoebe Dynevor; who portrays the one and only Daphne Bridgerton, will be back on our screens for season two. Which is a relief to say the least.
Stay tuned for more details on the Bridgerton prequel, including who will be cast as a young Queen Charlotte and an official release date.