Bridgerton premieres on Netflix this Christmas, giving audiences a glimpse right into a world first dropped at life in Julia Quinn’s sequence of historic romance novels. Followers and newcomers alike can be delighted to know that this boldly reimagined interval drama packs some critical appearing expertise, too. So, who narrates Bridgerton? None aside from Julie Andrews, the fantastic voice of the by no means seen, however omniscient Woman Whistledown.
Probably the most iconic actors of our time, Andrews takes on the position of this excessive society’s Gossip Woman, so to talk, spreading the information about who’s who — and extra importantly, who’s value courting — in Regency-era London. Whistledown publishes a paper, which threatens the status and love lifetime of our protagonist Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), when it declares her persona non grata, tanking her courting prospects.
It is this situation that drives Daphne to Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Web page), i.e., the duke in Quinn’s unique guide title, The Duke and I. Collectively, they make a plan to faux to fall in love, which Daphne hopes will take her straight to the highest of the most-desired listing, and the Duke hopes will convey him a little bit of peace at events the place friends continuously enquire after his bachelorhood. Naturally, Whistledown aka Andrews, talks us via the entire charade brilliantly.
The sequence is produced by Shonda Rhimes, who has labored with Andrews beforehand on one other high-society-themed guide adaptation: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Rhimes wrote the screenplay, tailored from Meg Cabot’s novels of the identical identify, whereas Andrews performed the inimitable Queen Clarisse Renaldi, grandmother to Anne Hathaway’s unlikely princess, Mia Thermopolis.
Bridgerton show runner Chris Van Dusen spoke with ScreenRant about what it was like working with Andrews. “To have Julie Andrews enjoying this character is simply unbelievable,” he mentioned. “I nonetheless cannot consider it is truly a factor that has occurred, and the world’s gonna get to see it. Julie Andrews did all of her classes just about, but it surely was so enjoyable to work together with her. She’s all the things you’ll suppose Julie Andrews is; she’s beautiful and charming, and she or he actually relishes within the cheeky issues, which I assumed was numerous enjoyable.”
Certainly, Andrews’ witty, incisive, brilliant and charming tackle Bridgerton narrator Woman Whistledown is one to not be missed.
Watch Shondaland’s Bridgerton on Netflix from Dec. 25.