Fancy a first look at the Bridgerton spinoff?
You've come to the right place, ladies and gentlefolk of the ton. Netflix will soon bestow Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story upon us, and it goes without saying, but we're ready to venture back in time to Regency England. (And yes, of course we're equally as excited for Bridgerton season 3.)
We're taking a page from Lady Whistledown's book and alerting just about everyone that the first full-length trailer for the spring release has arrived, so make haste and click "play".
Your first look at the 'Bridgerton' spinoff
On Valentine's Day 2023, Netflix decided to gift romance fans with a sneak peek of Queen Charlotte—quite a fitting way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year, wouldn't you say?
In this minute-long clip, we're introduced to her highness, who is grappling with a love story that's forbidden. How will it all play out? And, if you have those 2023 planners handy, mark down the series' premiere date: May 4.
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The 'Bridgerton' spinoff trailer
Now that the Valentine's Day sneak peek has been viewed countless times, Netflix decided to finally release the series' full-length trailer. (Not that we were growing impatient.)
In the two-and-a-half-minute clip, we meet a hesitant future queen who is to be married to King George...and she's not entirely thrilled about the situation. However, when they meet face to face, there's definitely some sort of an attraction, despite her initial resistance.
"I’ve realized you have no reason to like me," he tells his bride-to-be. "But if you give me one evening of your time, it might make you hate me a little less."
And with that, we have the story that brings the Bridgerton world to life. We'll encounter romance (but of course), societal expectations, friction and plenty of steaminess.
What is the 'Bridgerton' spinoff about?
The Bridgerton siblings won't be the center of attention this go-around. The spinoff will focus on the origin story of our favorite snuff-sniffing Queen Charlotte, who is played by Golda Rosheuvel in the original Netflix series. (Was Queen Charlotte real? Here's everything you need to know about the inspiration for the character.)
"Centered on Queen Charlotte's rise to prominence and power, this Bridgerton-verse prequel tells the story of how the young Queen's marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton," reads the official series description from Netflix.
The streamer further adds, "Under the thumb of a much older husband, Agatha uses Charlotte’s arrival to find her own way into society. With keen knowledge of the once divided social scene and the intricacies of marriage, Agatha becomes a guiding light for the new Queen, all while finding her own voice and power we’ll soon recognize as Bridgerton’s iconic Lady Danbury."
All Hail The Queen! 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 pic.twitter.com/nshBfETMdNMay 14, 2021
Which 'Bridgerton' cast members will be in the spinoff?
The Bridgerton cast is lengthy, and it can be quite difficult to follow, so allow us to provide the scoop à la Lady Whistledown. In the forthcoming prequel, actresses Golda Rosheuvel, Adjoa Andoh and Ruth Gemmell will all be reprising their roles in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.
Along with those familiar faces, you can expect Michelle Fairley, Corey Mylchreest, Sam Clemmett, Richard Cunningham, Tunji Kasim, Rob Maloney, Cyril Nri and Hugh Sachs to join the fun, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It looks like we'll be getting some more Bridgerton South Asian representation, just like season two.
Who will play Queen Charlotte in the 'Bridgerton' spinoff?
India Amarteifio (seen in Sex Education, which also stars our Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) will play Young Queen Charlotte. Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte in the original Bridgerton series, will reprise her role.
When it comes to Amarteifio's similarities to her character, she doesn't seem to think there are too many.
“I think I relate to [my character] in the sense of her curiosity; we’re always asking questions, even if people are not willing to answer them,” she told Shondaland. “But other than that, I think she is so different to me — she’s super-strong in times of complete downfall when there’s nothing to even hope for and it’s all bleak, yet she still finds the power and the strength from somewhere."
In our opinion, both women are equally strong and inspiring.
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When will the 'Bridgerton' spinoff be released?
On May 4, we'll be able to step into the Queen's world and tumultuous love story. You better believe we're ready! We'll see you in Mayfair, London, ladies and gents!
Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life.
More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.
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