The world of "Bridgerton" is expanding.
's hit Netflix
period drama will add a new limited series to its franchise that will focus on the origins and love life of a younger Queen Charlotte, according to Deadline on Friday. Shonda Rhimes
will write the prequel and serve as executive producer, alongside Betsy Beers and Tom Verica.
“Bridgerton,” Netflix’s “biggest series ever,” is based on Julia Quinn novels, though the reimagined Queen Charlotte was not featured in those books; the queen, who some historians believe has African ancestry, is played by Golda Rosheuvel.
“Many viewers had never heard the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton,” Netflix head of global TV Bela Bajaria told Deadline.
All hail the Queen! We're excited to announce that 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
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The Regency drama is the first scripted Netlfix show to emerge from the streaming service's multi-year agreement with Rhimes' production company, Shondaland.
The new series will also include the origin stories of Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury, according to Netflix's twitter announcement on Friday.
Chris Van Dusen, who served as showrunner for the first season and will do so again for the second, stated on twitter that he "set out to make the period show I've always wanted to see."
“I had no idea how much the rest of the world wanted to see it,” he added, adding, “I’m so proud of this incredible cast and crew.”
Some exciting news...!! With #Bridgerton, I set out to create the period show I'd always wanted to see, but I had no idea how much the rest of the world would want to see it as well. I'm so proud of this incredible cast and crew...— Chris Van Dusen (@chrisvandusen) May 14, 2021
Jess Brownell, the show's third and fourth seasons' writer
, has been named showrunner.
“Bridgerton” fans were enraged last month when the show’s social media
channels announced that the Duke of Hastings, played by fan favorite Regé-Jean Page, would not return for the second season.
The actor described his time as the Duke as a "pleasure and a privilege," explaining that the role was intended to be a one-season arc.
Pleasure and privilege! It's an honor to be a member of the family - on and off screen, cast, crew, and incredible fans - the love is real and will only grow https://t.co/YBk4RvKNpx— Regé-Jean Page (@regejean) April