We know that Bridgerton season three will explore the long-awaited Colin and Penelope love story but now, Nicola Coughlan has teased that filming for the anticipated series has begun.
It seems like just a moment ago that the world was in Bridgerton-themed pandemonium.
We lapped up the Kate Sharma-focused episodes with such ferocity that the second season passed us by in a flash. We got our fill of longing gazes and slow-building romance, but as ever is the case with Bridgerton, the fans (ie us) are forever wanting more. We may be getting a spin-off series and already know that Simone Ashley is confirmed for season three, hereby leaving her role in Netflix’s Sex Education.
But now, our excitement for the upcoming series can officially kick into overdrive. That’s right, filming for season three has commenced and series star Nicola Coughlan has teased the fact in a suitably heartwarming way. She shared a snap of herself and co-star Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton) with the caption: “Main Character Energy #BridgertonSeason3”
Coughlan also took to her Instagram Stories to share a snap that reads “Bridgerton 3. Ep One”. Our bets are that it’s a sneak peek of a script but as of yet, Netflix has kept suitably shtum about when we can expect the third series to be filmed, completed and released.
We do have some long-awaited confirmation about what the third season is about, though, and it looks like Bridgerton is skipping ahead in a most delightful way.
The fan-favourite period drama is based on Julia Quinn’s books and, while the Netflix series has stayed true to the running order of the novels, it looks like season three will be pushing the fourth novel’s subject (Penelope Featherington) higher up in the pecking order.
Speaking at the FYSEE panel in May, series star Nicola Coughlan (who plays Penelope) revealed that the third series will follow Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and Penelope’s love story. After that season two finale – where we heard Colin admit he’d never marry Penelope after years of Penelope carrying a torch for him – it’ll be interesting to see how this new series will follow on.
The first two seasons of the Netflix show followed the same format of the first two novels: season one was all about Daphne Bridgerton’s (Phoebe Dynevor) love story with Simon (Regé-Page Jean) and the second explored Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) romance with Kate (Simone Ashley).
The third book is all about Benedict Bridgerton’s love life but that season of the show will likely be pushed to a later date as the fourth book’s subject, Penelope, is now taking centre stage.
As well as this exciting new plotline news, we also have some further Bridgerton casting news to mull over.
While the Bridgerton clan is a big one, we’ve come to recognise them over the two instalments of the series so far. Now, it seems as though one of the Bridgerton daughters is being replaced.
Hannah Dodd (Anatomy Of A Scandal) will star as Francesca Bridgerton, taking over the role from Ruby Stokes, who has left to become the lead on another project for Netflix (Lockwood & Co).
As the series synopsis states, Francesca Bridgerton is a bit of a “mystery within her chatty, extroverted family”.
It continues: “Despite her reserved nature, she goes along to get along when it comes to society affairs, fortified with a dry wit and pragmatism that confound the fickle ton yet seem to draw attention when she least desires it.”
Dodd is a rising UK star who has previously featured in a recurring role in two seasons of the highly popular series Harlots. Most recently, people will recognise her from Anatomy Of A Scandal, where Dodd starred as the younger version of series lead Sienna Miller.
She then followed this with a lead role in the miniseries Flowers In The Attic: The Origins – an adaptation of the popular and controversial books.
Finally, Dodd filmed a supporting lead role in the sequel to the popular Enola Holmes film opposite Millie Bobby Brown.
The casting news also comes following the confirmation that Bridgerton will return to production this summer. While current details about the upcoming season are being held as a well-kept secret, we’ll be sure to update you as soon as we know more.
Watch this space.
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