Bridgerton: Netflix Regency-era romance from Shondaland

Netflix released the teaser trailer of Bridgerton, an upcoming period drama which will be available for streaming on the platform from December 25, 2020.

The web series has a diverse cast in Phoebe Dynevor (Younger, Dickensian) and Regé-Jean Page (For The People, Roots), along with Jonathan Bailey, Luke Thompson, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Ruby Stokes, Will Tilston, Florence Hunt, Adjoa Andoh, Golda Rosheuvel, Nicola Coughlan, Ruth Gemmell, and Polly Walker, among others.

But the star of the Netflix series is Julie Andrews, as the voice of Lady Whistledown, a gossip columnist who publishes her own “Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers: Extraordinary People, Extraordinary News”!

The official teaser trailer of Bridgerton opens on a view of the 1813 London skyline. The rapid notes being played on a violin indicate a new day, bringing about the delivery of yet another edition of the anonymous Lady Whistledown’s gossip newspaper.

A newspaper which the respectable locals have come to relish and fear in equal measure. What new scandal has the Lady managed to uncover this time?

It is the edition of April 6, 1813, which creates quite a stir in high-society London as it lists the subjects of another scandal by name. Lady Whistledown seems to know everything about everyone and she promises that: “Let it be known, if there’s a scandal, I shall uncover it and share every last detail”.

Created by Chris Van Dusen (Scandal) and produced by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy), Bridgerton is based on the best-selling historical romance series of books of the same name. Set between 1813 and 1827, the Bridgerton series of books by Julia Quinn is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton.

Filmed in London and Bath, the first season of the web series will have eight episodes and will follow the story of the first book (The Duke and I). It will narrate the lives of Daphne Bridgerton (played by Dynevor), a young debutante and Simon Basset (played by Page), the Duke of Hastings.

While the Netflix series is being made out to be a cross between Gossip Girl and Pride and Prejudice, it is well-represented in terms of race and sexuality, even in the London of 1813.

Watch the social season unfold in this official teaser trailer of Bridgerton:

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