Netflix’s Bridgerton gets early Season 3 & Season 4 renewals
As production continues on the upcoming second season of Bridgerton, Netflix has officially renewed producer Shonda Rhimes’ hit period romance drama for third and fourth seasons. The early two-season renewal comes after it was recently confirmed that Season 1 breakout star Regé-Jean Page will not be reprising his role as the Duke of Hastings Simon Bassett in the next season. Despite this, the first season’s female lead Phoebe Dynevor is still expected to return as Daphne, who will now help her brother Lord Anthony Bridgerton in his pursuit of love.
“From the first time I read Julia Quinn’s delicious Bridgerton series, I knew these were stories that would captivate a viewing audience. But the evolution of this adaptation would not be a success without the many significant contributions of the entire Shondaland team,” Rhimes said in a statement (via Deadline). “This two-season pickup is a strong vote of confidence in our work and I feel incredibly grateful to have partners as collaborative and creative as Netflix. Betsy and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue bringing the world of Bridgerton to a worldwide audience.”
Season 2 will be based on the second book of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels, titled The Viscount Who Loved Me which centers around the pursuit of a suitable marriage for the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony, portrayed by Jonathan Bailey. The new season will introduce a new female lead in the form of Sex Education actress Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma.
She will also be joined by new characters including Shelley Conn (Liar) as Edwina Sharma, Calam Lynch (Benediction) as Theo Sharpe, Charithra Chandran (Alex Rider) as Edwina Sharma and Rupert Young (The Secret Garden) who will play Jack.
Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, spanning from 2000 to 2013, this smart feminist take on Regency England romance unveils the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny, and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.
The series is being adapted by Scandal veteran Chris Van Dusen, who is also the showrunner of the project and executive producer alongside Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers of Shondaland.
The cast for Bridgerton includes Phoebe Dynevor, Golda Rosheuvel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Nicola Coughlan, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh, Polly Walker, Bessie Carter and Harriet Cains and Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown.