What Is The Plot Of The Bridgerton Spinoff Series?
As previously mentioned, the Bridgerton spin off series will serve as a prequel, showing fans the origin stories of Queen Charlotte, Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.
Set to be written and executive produced by Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes, Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s much-loved story will live on.
“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.
Married to King George III, AKA ‘Mad King George’, Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz ruled for almost six decades. However, she passed away in 1818 at the age of 74. According to Bridgerton author Julia Quinn, Netflix purposely cast her role with a Black actress as historians believe the real-life queen was of African descent.
"We're going to still be in the world of Bridgerton. We're not moving away from the world that we know and love Queen Charlotte to be in," Rosheuvel added.
"I think it's really going to be interesting to see where she has come from and the things that have led her to her in the Bridgerton that we know and love."
Who Will Be Cast In The Bridgerton Spinoff Series?
Even though the spinoff series will be set before our beloved Bridgerton, there seems to be several current cast mates who will be appearing on the show. But who? Well, it seems like Rosheuvel, Gemmell and Andoh will be present.
In an interview with E! News, Rosheuvel teased that "You will be seeing a younger Queen Charlotte", adding, "I will be in it".
Rumours have also swirled that Rupert Evans, who played Edmund Bridgerton in the show's second season, will appear onscreen through Violet's backstory. Hopefully, there'll be no more bees flying around.
Currently, Netflix has not yet announced who will be playing their younger counterparts.
Will The Bridgerton Spinoff Be Based On Julia Quinn's Books?
Given that Queen Charlotte was not a character in the Bridgerton books, there's a good chance that the spinoff series will not include any connection to the show's novel series.
"I haven't read the books and I made a point of not reading the books because the Queen is not in them," Rosheuvel told People.
"My point of call was really about the scripts, the world that we put Queen Charlotte in. This historical person is being put into a new world, so how does she relate? How does she react? How does she live her life within the world of Bridgerton, within the world that Chris Van Dusen and Shondaland have created?"
Despite this, Violet Bridgerton's origin story was briefly dived into in the story, "Violet in Bloom", which sits in the collection The Bridgertons: Happily Ever. This means that her storyline could be influenced by that piece of Quinn's writing.
"I have always felt that I could not write a full-length novel about Violet and Edmund Bridgerton, despite countless request[s] from readers," Quinn wrote on her website.
"I thought (and still think) it would be too difficult, knowing that he would die so young. But I wanted to show a bit of their courtship, and the episodic nature of Violet in Bloom gave me the perfect opportunity to do this."
When Will The Bridgerton Spinoff Series Be Released?
As for when the Bridgerton spinoff will be heading to our screens, Rosheuvel revealed that the cast currently has "no film date or any kind of scripts" for the spinoff series, as per E! News.
With filming for Bridgerton season 3 said to be starting in the next few months, there's a good chance that filming for the spinoff will begin soon after.