Everything You Need to Know About Netflix’s New ‘Bridgerton' Spin-Off Series
Bridgerton fans, brace yourself. It's been almost six months since the period drama TV show was first released on Netflix, and you've most likely (like us) thought of nothing since. From daydreaming about the Duke of Hastings to binge-watching the best shows like Bridgerton and finding out the most quirky facts about the show, we haven't been able to get enough.
Now, our prayers have been answered. Netflix has ordered a spin-off series to Bridgerton focusing on the origin story of Queen Charlotte. Based on Julia Quinn’s romance novels, it's bound to be just as juicy as the original.
Here’s everything you need to know about the just-announced prequel series.
What will the Bridgerton spin-off be about?
The streaming giant confirmed the news of the limited series on Twitter, revealing that the spin-off will delve into the early years of the queen’s reign and give viewers a glimpse into Lady Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury’s backstories, too.
"All Hail The Queen! Thrilled to announce we're expanding the Bridgerton universe with a limited series that will tell Queen Charlotte's origin story — the series will also feature young Violet Bridgerton and young Lady Danbury," read a tweet from the Netflix Bridgerton account on May 15.
All Hail The Queen!— Netflix (@netflix) May 14, 2021
Thrilled to announce we’re expanding the Bridgerton universe with a limited series that will tell Queen Charlotte’s origin story — the series will also feature young Violet Bridgerton and young Lady Danbury pic.twitter.com/nshBfETMdN
Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz became an admirable character in the first season of the series from Shondaland, played by Golda Rosheuvel. Netflix purposely cast the role with a black actress as historians believe the real-life queen was of African descent.
"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," said Netflix's head of global TV Bela Bejaria in a statement.
Ruth Gemmell played Lady Violet while Adjoa Andoh played Lady Danbury in the first season, which premiered on Christmas 2020 and has currently been viewed by more than 82 million people, according to Netflix.
Shonda Rhimes, who served as the executive producer on the original series, will both write and executive producer the series alongside Betsy Beers and Tom Verica.
Details about the release date, full cast list, and storyline are yet to be announced. Watch this space!
How many seasons of Bridgerton will there be?
In January 2021, Netflix confirmed Bridgerton would see a season 2 (unfortunately, without the return of Regé-Jean Page as the Duke of Hastings). Shortly after, the streaming giant and Rhimes confirmed they are already working on seasons 3 and 4.
"Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love. And by planning and prepping all the upcoming seasons now, we also hope to keep up a pace that will keep even the most insatiable viewers totally fulfilled,” Bejaria added.
Season 1 showrunner Chris Van Dusen (Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice) is currently helming season 2 of Bridgerton, which is set to focus on the “Rake” Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) love quest. Newcomer Simone Ashley will play recent London arrival Kate, who is a “smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools - Anthony Bridgerton very much included.”
Jess Bronwell (who previously worked on Shondaland shows Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and upcoming Netflix series Inventing Anna) will take over from Van Dusen as showrunner for seasons 3 and 4.
“As we continue to expand the world of Bridgerton, we now have the opportunity to devote even more of the Shondaland fold to the Bridgerton-verse,” Rhimes said. “We’ve worked with Jess Brownell for over a decade and have long wanted to find the right project to place in her hands. When it came time to pass the baton, I knew this unique voice was vital to the future of the show.”
Currently, the new series dedicated to Queen Charlotte still doesn’t have a title, but more details are expected shortly.
And while we patiently wait for Netflix to announce when season 2 will drop, we’ll be binge-watching rival hit regency series 'Sanditon' and this list of 10 other Netflix shows like 'Bridgerton'.