Bridgerton's Jonathan Bailey's new rom-com role revealed

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Jonathan Bailey attends the "Bridgerton" Series 2 World Premiere at Tate Modern on March 22, 2022 in London, England.
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It seems that Viscount, Anthony Bridgerton aka Jonathan Bailey has landed himself a brand new rom-com role alongside Oscar-nominee Felicity Jones—and it looks pretty wild.

Bailey is best known for his role in Bridgerton and stealing all of our hearts with his ‘bane of my existence’ line—and he is now reportedly set to star in a brand new movie alongside a rather star-studded cast! Sadly though, there will be no dashing regency-attire or passion-fueled horse riding...

According to Deadline (opens in new tab), the new film ‘Maria’ will see Bailey play one of the love interests (naturally) of Jones’ character Maria. The film will also feature Jason Isaacs (who plays Lucious Malfoy in Harry Potter) starring as her father.

It has been described as a rom-com, but from what we can tell from the synopsis, we’re in for quite the dramatic ride!

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 Who does Jonathan Bailey play in 'Maria'? 

Bailey will play the character of ‘Eddy,’ Maria’s boyfriend who she is struggling to commit to, despite his love and devotion to her. 

While you might be thinking this film is setting up the classic ‘she realizes what she was looking for was there all along’ type of thing, just wait…

What's the plot of 'Maria'?

As mentioned, we will meet Maria (Jones) while she is struggling with her reality—from her age to her father’s indifference and running from her boyfriend Eddy’s love.

So when she meets a handsome stranger, who goes by the name of Raffy, at her father’s wedding, she sees an opportunity to feel young and free again—only one problem, he’s now her new step-brother. Awkward!

Matters are then made worse when Maria finds out that her father has been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

The film is being directed by Simon Amstell, the creative mind behind Benjamin, who has said about the new movie: “I’m incredibly excited to begin shooting Maria this year with Felicity Jones. Our hope is that making a film about our culture’s fear of aging and death will be an absolute sensation.”

No word yet on the release date, but we'll be keeping our ears to the ground!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.