Everything We Know About Shonda Rhimes's New Netflix Show, 'Bridgerton'
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 first-look pics and a release date, but what is the show about? Who's in it? And is there a trailer? 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?
Unfortunately, we've yet to see a new trailer. . However, Netflix did release first-look photos from the upcoming series—and we can already tell that it's going to be as scandalous as it is romantic.
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?