The weekend wrapped off Netflix’s global, virtual fan event, when among other things, a prequel to their hit series Bridgerton was announced.
In Queen Charlotte, eight close-knit siblings from the powerful Bridgerton family seek love during the Regency period in England, predating the events of the first series of the historical-romance based on the novels of Julia Quinn. Showrunner, executive producer, and writer Betsy Beers is joined by director and executive producer Tom Verica and writer Shonda Rhimes.
The cast of the third season of the Netflix show has been talking about what they may expect from the Lady Whistledown chronicle of the season, so the announcement of the prequel in the realm of the Bridgerton-verse comes as no surprise.
When Will Queen Charlotte Be Released on Netflix?
While at Tudum, Netflix only provided a vague release date in 2023. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story has yet to be confirmed for distribution on Netflix, but What’s on Netflix revealed that the streaming service is targeting May 4th, 2023.
Shondaland, the show’s production company, has shared photographs from a table read. Shonda Rhimes, the show’s creator and executive producer, made the announcement on Twitter with a photo of the script, in which the title “Queen To Be” was revealed.
Tom Verica, who is also executive producing alongside Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes, was revealed in the shot to be the show’s director. The shoot started in the spring of 2022, in April, and ended in the fall, in early September.
That’s a wrap. This production, this cast, this crew…just wait. pic.twitter.com/VnkWJFgSz0
— Tom Verica (@tomverica) August 30, 2022
Who Will Play the Roles in Netflix’s Upcoming Period Drama Queen Charlotte?
- India Ria Amarteifio as Queen Charlotte
- Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
- Adjoa Andoh as Lady Agatha Danbury
- Katie Brayben as Vivian Ledger
- Keir Charles as Lord Ledger
- Sam Clemmett as Brimsley
- Richard Cunningham as Lord Bute
- Michelle Fairley as Princess Augusta
- Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton
- Tunji Kasim as Adolphus
- Rob Maloney as Royal Doctor
- Corey Mylchreest as King George
- Cyril Nri as Lord Danbury
- Hugh Sachs as Brimsley
What is the Storyline of the Show?
The premise of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Narrative is that it is an origin story that centres on the young Charlotte’s engagement to King George III. According to Tudum, Netflix’s official news website, Charlotte is betrothed to the King against her will, and she does not make a good first impression when she arrives in England.
Nonetheless, they do get married, and their union eventually heralds a societal shift in the tonne that sees people of colour (such as Lady Danbury) rise to become influential figures in British high society.
Tudum calls the romance between Queen Charlotte and King George III a “wonderful love story,” which suggests that, despite her early disinterest in him, the monarch and his wife finally grew to love one another and had a successful marriage.
After seeing how the King and Queen’s relationship has crumbled owing to the latter’s mental illness, it will be nice to witness the monarch when she was young and in love and living the kind of fairytale existence she now hopes for young debutantes in Season 3 of Bridgerton.
The Queen’s amorous history may play a role in shaping her into the ardent and even obsessed matchmaker she is today, and this may be explored in the next prequel. In addition, Queen Charlotte will go into the backstories of Lady Danbury and Lady Bridgerton to see how they were able to develop such a strong bond with her.
“A limited prequel series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte, that will center on the rise and love life of a young Charlotte. The spinoff will also tell the stories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury”.
Will There Be a Book Adaptation of Queen Charlotte?
If you have enjoyed reading the novels written by Julia Quinn Bridgerton, then you should get ready for the next one. There are perhaps ten books in Quinn’s novel series, but none of them chronicle the story of King George III or Queen Charlotte.
It has been decided that executive producer Shonda Rhimes will collaborate with Quinn on the writing of a novel based on the prequel, and both will be published at the same time. This will allow for a more in-depth exploration of the royal love story.
Queen Charlotte: Trailer
There isn’t a trailer for the spin-off prequel series just yet, but on September 24, 2022, as part of the Tudum event, Netflix published the first official clip for the series, which included a meet-cute between the young Queen and King George.