Just weeks after production began on season 2 of Bridgerton, Netflix has announced that one of the show's characters will be the focal point of a spinoff series!
"All Hail The Queen!" the streaming service's social media declared. "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."
In the first season of the period drama, the Queen is played by Golda Rosheuvel, while Ruth Gemmell plays the aforementioned Bridgerton and Adjoa Andoh stars as Danbury.
No casting details for the spinoff have been announced, but season 1 producer Shonda Rimes is set to be on board.
"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," Neflix's Head of Global TV Batela Bajaria noted. "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."
While there's no anticipated release date, the second season of Bridgerton is well underway — and just like the book series, it will focus on Anthony Bridgerton's (Jonathan Bailey) search for true love.
Though fans are excited to see another Bridgerton sibling take center stage, many were disappointed when Regé-Jean Page – who plays the smoldering Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset — would not be returning.
The actor explained that he had always meant for the gig to last just one season, as that's what producers pitched him from the start.
After the news of his departure broke, Page gushed on social media that the role was "the ride of a life time. It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be your Duke. Joining this family – not just on screen, but off screen too. Our incredibly creative and generous cast, crew, outstanding fans – it’s all been beyond anything I could have imagined. The love is real and will just keep growing."
Netflix confirmed the sad news with their own post.
"Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family," their message read. "Daphne [Phoebe Dynevor] will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear. Yours truly, Lady Whistledown."