Get ready for your next Netflix obsession — Bridgerton is dropping on Dec. 25 and we’re telling you now, you won’t be able to stop watching. Brought to you by the mastermind behind Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes, the sure success is based on a series of period romance novels by Julia Quinn, and has widely been described as a combination of Pride and Prejudice and Gossip Girl (via PopSugar). In other words, it’s not a regular period drama, it’s a cool period drama. It’s so cool, in fact, it’s narrated by an anonymous gossip columnist known as Lady Whistledown, voiced by the one and only Julia Andrews (via Town & Country).
Set in Regency London in 1813 and following the plot of the first book in the series, you can expect to fall in love with protagonist Daphne Bridgerton (played by Phoebe Dynevor of Younger), a high society debutante on the hunt for a husband from the get go. As Dynevor revealed to Entertainment Weekly, “When we first meet her, she’s this young, naïve woman who’s been in this little bubble and doesn’t know anything about love or sex.” By the end of the season, we assume she is anything but.
A killer cast, amazing costumes, and an interesting plot make Bridgerton worth watching
We’re willing to guess this change of heart has something to do with “the highly desirable and rebellious” Duke of Hastings (played by Regé-Jean Page), of course. As the official Netflix synopsis states: “Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society’s expectations for their future.”
Alongside Dynevor and Page, you can expect to see the likes of Jonathan Bailey of Broadchurch, Polly Walker of Line of Duty, and Nicola Couglan of Derry Girls, who told the Irish Examiner that “the diversity of the show is one of the biggest strengths.” She explained, “it’s not about creating Regency London as it was exactly; the costumes are technicolour, the casting is so diverse.”
With a scandalous storyline, incredible costumes (check out the trailer if you don’t believe us), and a killer cast, Bridgerton seems to have it all. Guess we’ll have to wait until Christmas Day to find out.
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