Dearest Gentle Reader,
It is my pleasure to announce that Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story has an official release date and that the members of the Ton will be welcoming the young Queen in the Bridgerton prequel series into their ranks on May 4, 2023!
The Bridgerton-verse prequel focuses on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power. Portrayed by actress Golda Rosheuvel in the Bridgerton series, India Amarteifio will play the younger version of Queen Charlotte. The series will tell the love story between Queen Charlotte and King George that sparked a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton that the Bridgerton characters now live in.
OFFICIAL TEASER TRAILER
In Season 1 of Bridgerton, Lady Agatha Danbury tells Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, that they, as Black individuals, are welcome in the world of the Ton because their King fell in love with and married a Black Queen, Queen Charlotte. Based on the synopsis and the teaser trailer, it appears as though the prequel series will depict Queen Charlotte’s struggles with the pressures of her race and identity, as well as her blossoming romance with King George.
CAST AND CHARACTERS
In addition to Golda Rosheuvel portraying Queen Charlotte, three other Bridgerton actors reprise their roles from the original series: Adjoa Andoh returns as Lady Danbury, Ruth Gemmel portrays Lady Violet Bridgerton, and Hugh Sachs plays Brimsley. Actress Arsema Thomas plays a young Lady Danbury, a friend, and confidante of Queen Charlotte. Corey Mylchreest plays young King George, a majestic and charming royal with an ominous past that makes him fearful of entirely investing in love.
Additional casting includes Michelle Fairley as Princess Augusta, Sam Clemmett as young Brimsley, and Freddie Dennis as Reynolds. Also Richard Cunningham as Lord Bute, Tunji Kasim as Adolphus, Rob Maloney as the Royal Doctor, and Cyril Nri as Lord Danbury.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Queen Charlotte hails from showrunner, executive producer, and writer Shonda Rhimes. Director Tom Verica also executive produces alongside Betsy Beers. Rhimes and Beers both worked on the original Bridgerton series; the third season is currently still shooting. The release date for the third season of Bridgerton is still unknown. Thankfully fans have the prequel series to tide them over till they get to watch the long-strung-out best friends-to-lovers romance between Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington!
In a live panel between Rhimes and the cast of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, the team explained the prequel series’ connection within the world of Bridgerton and gave some more in-depth details regarding the upcoming series.
“We’re meeting them at their young starting points. The show will also have a modern-day timeline, to see “how the stories from the past reflect or educate you on the stories from the future. For all of the characters, you get to see the growth and who they’ve become, when juxtaposed against the young versions of themselves.”
INSIGHT FROM THE LEAD ACTRESS
“There’s so much time between Queen Charlotte and the Bridgerton that we’ve all come to know and love, which for us as actors is great because it gives us the liberty of creating our own characters.”
Indeed, the role of Queen Charlotte does not exist within the original Bridgerton book series by Julia Quinn, thus the actors have the liberty to explain the characters as how they see fit. Author Julia Quinn and Bridgerton-showrunner Shonda Rhimes are writing a prequel book about Queen Charlotte that will be released in conjunction with the upcoming limited series. The more books about the Bridgerton-verse, the better!
Ah, dearest gentle readers, this writer must halt here, but fret not, you will not miss me for much longer. Until Queen Charlotte and the rest of the Ton return, catch up on all editions of Lady Whistledown’s gossip about Bridgerton here and reread the book series that started it all!