Bridgerton is bulking up for season two.
After Friday’s surprising announcement that leading man Regé-Jean Page would not return for the sophomore season of the Netflix Shondaland breakout, the period drama has added four new faces to its cast.
Charithra Chandran (Alex Rider), Shelley Conn (Liar), Calam Lynch (Benediction) and Rupert Young (Dear Evan Hansen) have boarded the second season as series regulars. They join the previously announced Simone Ashley (Sex Education) in the period drama from exec producer Shonda Rhimes and showrunner Chris Van Dusen.
Chandran will play Edwina Sharma, who has been taught by her older sister Kate (Ashley) to be the perfect debutante. She’s kind-natured and endlessly endearing. But while she may be young and naive, she also knows what she wants: a true love match.
Conn will portray Mary Sharma. Lady Mary’s marriage once embroiled her and her family in scandal. Now newly returned to London with her daughters, she’s forced to endure the scrutiny of the ton (i.e., society) yet again.
Lynch joins as Theo Sharpe, a hardworking printer’s assistant. But he’s not just a working-class man, he’s also an intellectual who fights for the rights for all.
Young takes on the role of Jack, the newest member of the ton with a connection to one of its most notable families.
Season two will focus on Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), with production beginning this month in London. Phoebe Dynevor will return to Bridgerton as Daphne Bridgerton and remains a vital part of the story, as a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother Anthony navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer.
Season two is expected to be based on Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me. Van Dusen (Scandal) has a long-term plan in place for the series and hopes the drama runs eight seasons — one for each book in author Quinn’s series.
Sources say breakout star Page had only a one-season deal and completed his contractual obligation to Rhimes’ first Netflix series. The deal was in line with how producers, including Netflix, envisioned Bridgerton before it premiered, as each season will focus on a different one of Quinn’s novels.