“Bridgerton” Trailer Reveals Netflix’s New Historical Drama Series

The official teaser trailer for Bridgerton reveals a period piece the likes of which could only come from Shondaland, the production company founded by TV powerhouse Shonda Rhimes. The series, produced by Shondaland and created by Chris Van Dusen (a veteran of Shondaland productions Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy) includes all the types of emotional tempests that make for binge-watching—lust, romance, betrayal, all set in the Regency era of England, the fertile historical soil from which Jane Austen spun her deathless stories.

Bridgerton revolves around the mysterious Lady Whistledown, the author of a gossip newsletter who has begun to do the unthinkable—she’s now naming names in her widely-read missives. (In a delightful bit of casting, Lady Whistledown is voiced by Julie Andrews). The series begins as the new social season is getting underway, one in which the prime motivation is for young ladies to secure their suitors. This is the Regency era, after all.

Bridgerton marks the first scripted Shondaland series to launch on Netflix. The eight-episode season will track Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) as she enters the “competitive marriage market” only to have her hopes severely curtailed by Lady Whistledown’s gossip. This leaves Daphne getting into an arrangement with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), a committed bachelor. Will Daphne and the Duke, seemingly ill-suited for each other, fall in love? And who might be stung by Lady Whistledown’s poisoned pen? Don’t you want to live in a world where these are your pressing questions?

Bridgerton was adapted by Julia Quinn’s book series. Joining Dynevor and Page are Jonathan Bailey, Nicola Coughlan, Claudia Jessie, Ruby Barker, Adjoa Andoh, Golda Rosheuvel, Luke Thompson, Luke Newton, Ruby Stokes, Will Tilston, Florence Hunt, Ruth Gemmell, Bessie Carter, Harriet Cains, Polly Walker, Ben Miller, Sabrina Bartlett, Martins Imhangbe and Lorraine Ashbourne.

Check out the trailer here. Bridgerton premieres on Netflix on December 25.

Here’s the synopsis from Netflix:

From Shondaland and Creator Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Hoping to follow in her parent’s footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne’s prospects initially seem to be unrivaled. But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne. Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes’ mamas. 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.

Bridgerton is a romantic, scandalous, and quick-witted series that celebrates the timelessness of enduring friendships, families finding their way, and the search for a love that conquers all. The series also stars Golda Rosheuvel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Nicola Coughlan, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh, Polly Walker, Bessie Carter and Harriet Cains and Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown. The series is inspired by Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels.

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