The anticipated prequel drama, which introduces India Amarteifio as the young queen, will be titled “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story”.
In the official first photo (see above), which ET exclusively debuts, Amarteifio steps into the shoes of Queen Charlotte in a long-sleeved, corseted cream gown, draped by a light gray hooded cape as she adorns an elaborate crown on her head matched with priceless jewels for earrings.
Though she looks fit to reign over England, her pensive facial expression as she steps into a palatial setting will leave fans wondering as she looks off to the side.
A limited series aimed to expand the “Bridgerton” universe, “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” follows Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power. The prequel, which returns “Bridgerton”‘s Golda Rosheuvel as the older version of the character, tells the story of how the young queen’s marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in the flagship series. Shonda Rhimes oversees the series as showrunner, writer and executive producer.
Joining Rosheuvel in reprising their “Bridgerton” characters are Adjoa Andoh as Lady Agatha Danbury and Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton.
In a new teaser video released Friday, Rosheuvel and Andoh welcomed Amarteifio into the world as they previewed her portrayal of the young queen.
“We have this wonderful tag team, where we high-five each other and the baton is passed on, which I think is a real beautiful metaphor for the older and the younger, do you know what I mean? It’s really cool, I love it,” Rosheuvel said.
“Can I say, as a compliment to you both. There is something so particular and fabulous about your whiplash, heartfelt, witty, sharp Queen Charlotte,” Andoh praised. “India has absolutely grabbed all of that and made it her own and run with it. When I look at India, I see Golda. I see young Charlotte become older Charlotte and it’s a beautiful thing.”
Watch the video below.
Notable cast members from “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” include “Game of Thrones” alum Michelle Fairley as Princess Augusta; Corey Mylchreest as young King George; and Arsema Thomas, making her TV debut, as young Agatha Danbury.
Sam Clemmett, Freddie Dennis, Richard Cunningham, Tunji Kasim, Rob Maloney, Cyril Nri and Hugh Sachs round out the cast.