Shonda Rhimes's Netflix Show Has a New Trailer (& It’s Even More Scandalous than We Expected)
From Grey's Anatomy and Scandal to How to Get Away With Murder, it's no secret that Shonda Rhimes is a genius when it comes to good, quality drama. It's why fans collectively lost their cool when the news got out about her multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix. And now, as part of her brand-new line-up of over eight (yes, eight) shows, she's gifting us with the new period drama series, Bridgerton.
We've already got a new trailer and a release date, but what is the show about? And who's in it? Read on for more details.
1. What is 'Bridgerton' about?
The series, which is based on Julia Quinn's book series of the same name, will follow Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter in a very powerful family. She searches for true love in a competitive (and equally diverse) marriage market. However, this proves to be a challenge when her older brother steps in to rule out several potential suitors. And when she meets the rebellious Duke of Hastings, their natural chemistry starts to outweigh Daphne's aversion to his bad-boy demeanor.
2. Is the original author involved in the series?
Although the author didn't play a huge role in the production process, she got to visit the set during filming twice.
Quinn told Entertainment Weekly, "I was blown away; it's so good. It's not a word-for-word adaptation, and it shouldn't be. They're interweaving a few new stories and different stories, but the heart of this season is the story of The Duke and I and how they did it and how they structured it, is just brilliant."
3. Where does 'Bridgerton' take place?
The new series takes place in London in the early 1800s, also commonly known as the Regency Period. During that time, King George III's son ruled as prince regent because his father was deemed unfit to lead, due to his sickness.
4. Who's in the cast of 'Bridgerton'?
The show features an ensemble cast, including Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton, Regé-Jean Page as Duke of Hastings Simon Basset, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton (Phoebe's brother), Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte, Ben Miller as Lord Featherington and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton. The iconic Julie Andrews is also starring as the series' narrator, Lady Whistledown.
5. Is there a trailer?
There certainly is—and it's already got us on the edge of our seats. In the trailer (included above), we see a newsboy distributing some newsletters. Then, we hear the voice of the mysterious Lady Whistledown (Julie Andrews), the author of a gossip newsletter. She introduces herself and declares, "You do not know me and never shall, but be forewarned, dear reader: I certainly know you."
Although the full contents of this letter remain a mystery, we see that it's scandalous enough to cause a major stir in Regency London. Whistledown continues, "The social season is upon us. We shall discover which young ladies might succeed at securing a match. Let it be known, if there’s a scandal, I shall uncover it and share every last detail."
6. When will 'Bridgerton' be released?
The new series will begin streaming exclusively on Netflix on Dec. 25. What better way to spend Christmas Day?