Bridgerton has become one of the most successful series of recent years, perhaps thanks to the alchemy between Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne) and Régé-Jean Page (Simon), the protagonists of the first season. However, the actor decided not to participate in the second installment, causing the public to be amazed. For the third season, the producers have just confirmed a new drop; makes it a change that many believe will solve one of the plot’s big “black holes”.
The story is based on the saga of Julia Quinn, who dedicates each of her eight books to a brother of the wealthy and aristocratic Bridgerton family. That’s why, with Daphne and Simon’s storyline resolved, the second season focused on Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and newcomer Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) and perhaps for that reason, the absence de Page was not so abrupt.
Although it has not yet been confirmed which of the Bridgertons will be the protagonist of the third season, everything indicates that the writers will follow the order of the books. If so, the axis of the plot will fall on Benedict (Luke Thompson). However, in recent hours, from the official Twitter account, those responsible for the series have announced an important change in the cast which, in addition to solving a big question mark, could announce a reversal of the situation.
Retweeting the news published by Deadline, the makers of the series has formalized the announcement that British actress Hannah Dodd will reprise the role of Francesca Bridgerton, following the loss of fellow actor Ruby Stokes.
The lack of presence of Francesca in the first two seasons is one of the great speeches of the fans of novels. It is that the third sister of the family only appeared in two chapters of the first part – she was shown studying the piano with her aunt in London – and in the first three episodes of the second. Then, he disappeared without any explanation, generating not only a great mystery, but also an unstoppable wave of comments on the networks.
Now the reason for his absence is known: Stokes, the actress who played her, was recording another Netflix series at the same time, Lockwood & Co..
According to her character description, “Francesca Bridgerton is a mystery within her outgoing, talkative family. Despite her reserved nature, she manages to get along when it comes to company business, fortified with a dry wit. and a pragmatism that baffles fickle people, but seems to command attention when it least wants it. : only the sixth volume focuses on his search for the ideal partner.
Anyway, Netflix has only confirmed, so far, the making of the third and fourth installments. However, seeing that writers often intertwine the stories to make it a more choral work, Francesca might start to gain prominence on the small screen before in the books.
“I love Francesca, but we lost her in the middle of season 2”said TVLine the creator of Bridgerton and showrunner of seasons 1 and 2, Chris Van Dusen, at the end of March. “After exhausting all other options, he unfortunately had to leave for reasons beyond our control.” he explained.
The first rumors that the actress who played Francesca could be replaced began to sound in December 2021, after several fans expressed their doubts on the networks when they saw the publication of a mysterious notice in which actors were wanted for the series.
Dodd, who in addition to acting has experience as a model, was part of the cast of Anatomy of a Scandal, playing the young Sophie, the role which, in its adult version, goes to Sienna Miller. He also recently filmed the sequel to Enola Holmesalongside Millie Bobby Brown.
According to the books of Julia Quinn, the third season of Bridgerton will focus on Benoît and his quest to find, first the mysterious woman at a masquerade ball, then Sophie Beckett, the illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Penwood.
“As in the story of Cinderella, Sophie sees her dream come true one night. Unbeknownst to her stepmother, she dresses like a queen and attends the most important costume ball in London. Moreover, she attracts the attention of Benedict Bridgerton, the most attractive and charming bachelor at the party, however, she soon finds herself confronted with her harsh reality as an illegitimate, poor and destitute girl.
Fate wants to give her a second chance when she enters to serve in Benoît’s house, although he does not recognize in her the beautiful young woman he has been looking for for years. She is now a mere servant, unable to reveal the truth to him. The magic of this night seems lost forever, or maybe not? “, we read in the first part of the summary of the book.
But also will continue with the pending stories, For example, what will happen to Colin (Luke Newton) and Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) after what Young hears? Will the Queen discover Lady Whistledown? Will Eloise (Claudia Jessie) denounce her friend now that she knows the truth? What will happen to the Featheringtons after Portia’s (Polly Walker) deception?