Bridgerton is about to have a bigger presence on Netflix.
Earlier this afternoon, Deadline announced that the streamer and Shondaland will be adding a new limited series to the highly successful Regency period franchise: a prequel written and run by Shonda Rhimes that centers on the origins and love life of Queen Charlotte.
The monarch, played by Golda Rosheuvel in Bridgerton,is among the few historical figures to be included in the series, alongside King George III and Prince Frederick of Prussia. “Many viewers had never known 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,” Bela Bajaria, Netflix head of global TV, said in a statement, per Deadline.
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The prequel spinoff will additionally spotlight the backstories of young Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton, whose prequel was also briefly touched upon in Julia Quinn’s second epilogue, “Violet in Bloom,” from The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After.
Bridgerton has additionally been renewed for two more seasons, and Shondaland veteran Jess Brownell will serve as the showrunner for those installments. She will be following in the footsteps of original series creator and executive producer Chris Van Dusen, who served in the role for the first two seasons.
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The perfectly self-contained universe of Bridgerton in Regency-era London will reportedly be rapidly growing. “As we continue to expand the world of Bridgerton, we now have the opportunity to devote even more of the Shondaland fold to the Bridgerton-verse,” said Rhimes. “We’ve worked with Jess Brownell for over a decade and have long wanted to find the right project to place in her hands. When it came time to pass the baton, I knew this unique voice was vital to the future of the show.”
“Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love,” said Bajaria. “And by planning and prepping all the upcoming seasons now, we also hope to keep up a pace that will keep even the most insatiable viewers totally fulfilled.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.