While some Bridgerton fans need a bit more time to process the news that season one lead Regé-Jean Page will not appear in the show's second season, today, Netflix announced four new cast members to get excited about. Charithra Chandran, Shelley Conn (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Calam Lynch (Dunkirk, Derry Girls), and Rupert Young (The White Queen) are all joining the series.
They’ll be regulars in the second season’s ensemble, along with new lead Simone Ashley (Sex Education, Broadchurch), whose casting was announced in February. Season two will be based on The Viscount Who Loved Me, the second book in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series, and will focus on Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), with Ashley playing his love interest, Kate Sharma.
In the press release confirming the casting announcement, Netflix also included a brief summary of each of the new characters. Chandran will play Kate’s younger sister, Edwina, who “has been taught by her older sister Kate 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.”
Theo Sharpe, played by Lynch, will be another new player in the show’s sophomore season. Sharpe is “a hardworking printer’s assistant” and “an intellectual who fights for the rights for all,”
And Young will play Jack. Little is known about his character, but per Netflix, he is “the newest member of the ton with a connection to one of its most notable families.”
Production of the second season is set to begin in the UK later this spring.