The summary reads: “Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, this smart feminist take on Regency England romance unveils the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.” The Bridgertons are a close-knit family of eight siblings: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth, and each one has their own happily ever after in Julia Quinn’s famous series.
News about the show has been slow to trickle out. We don’t have a title yet (working title is the Untitled Bridgerton Series), and while the hour long series is set for 8 episodes, it’s unclear whether each episode will tackle one book (please no!) or whether each one will get several episodes OR whether they will somehow write the romances on top of one another. But, just last week, we got the first bit of casting news. The BEST type of casting news.
Julie Andrews is Lady Whistledown
THIS IS THE BEST! Lady Whistledown is an anonymous aristocrat of the ton whose scandal sheet narrates the first four novels. Think of her like the unseen narrator of Gossip Girl or Arrested Development. Smart, caustic, and almost always … right, Lady Whistledown foreshadows and critiques the actions of our heroes and heroines from the confines of chapter prologues and newsprint.
And … now she has a voice. Julie Andrews has been cast, and I could not be more excited for this news. No word yet on whether or not we will see Lady Whistledown on screen (one of the great mysteries of the series is who she could possibly be; there are times when you suspect one of the Bridgertons themselves), but I’m crossing my fingers that she stays behind the camera.
Read The Bridgertons
We will be sure to keep you updated on all the Bridgerton series news we can get on hands on. In the meantime, read the series if you haven’t. Start with Daphne’s story: The Duke and I.