Queen Charlotte: The Bridgerton Spin-Off
| LAST UPDATE 04/24/2023
Bridgerton fans, listen up because your favorite show is spinning off in a new direction, and it's all about Queen Charlotte. The fan-favorite character has garnered much attention since the original release of Bridgerton in 2020, supporting the justification for this dedicated series. Titled Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, it marks the first spin-off show from the Netflix phenomenon after two seasons. Here's everything we know so far about this exciting royal development!
Over the course of six episodes, fans will follow two timelines of Queen Charlotte's life. The present-day monarch will be played by Golda Rosheuvel, and India Amarteifio will take on the role of young Queen Charlotte. "I think where we left her in Bridgerton, a lot of people had questions. We see that she's the matriarch, so to say, and the kind of highest-ranking officer in society, but we don't really know why," Amarteifio explained to Reuters. "(Audiences) know that there's this beautiful love connection between her and husband...but also in Bridgerton it's so diverse and beautiful, there's lots of different people coming together, and people wanted to know why and I think Queen Charlotte answers that."
The woman behind the show is the one and only Shonda Rhimes - the brains that created Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and so much more. Sitting down with Reuters, she discussed her team's decision to give the Queen her own show. "That woman that we see in Bridgerton, like all her power, her style, the way she carries herself - I kept wondering how she came to be, and it was a really simple thing to write this story because it felt like we were just watching a woman earn her power and seeing a great love story," she explained.
Although details of the new series are limited, a major plotline has been revealed. Titled 'The Great Experiment,' it's set to unpack the social impact of King George marrying a black woman, Charlotte. "What's so brilliant about this series Queen Charlotte is that it's not color blind casting in any way; it's purposeful," noted Corey Mylchreest, the actor playing a young King George. "It's brilliant what Bridgerton did in terms of diversity and representation, but I think it's even more powerful when you show the work that has to go to achieve that, and I think that's what this show does." Stream the new series on Netflix from May 4.