Shonda Rhimes and Julia Quinn co-write Bridgerton prequel book about Queen Charlotte’s ‘great love story’

Shonda Rhimes is teaming up with historical novelist Julia Quinn to write a prequel about a young Queen Charlotte before her marriage to King George.

The book, which will be delivered in BridgertonThe fictional universe, filled with Regency-era London balls and high-society scandals, will suit the character of Guyanese-British actress Golda Rushuvel.

“Queen Charlotte was such a fascinating character and now to be able to work with Julia to adapt this story into a book is such an exciting opportunity,” the 52-year-old TV mogul said in a statement obtained by Diversity.

Writing partners: Shonda Rhimes teams up with bestselling historical novelist Julia Quinn to write a prequel novel about the young Queen Charlotte before her marriage to King George; seen in March 2022

She continued, “I can’t wait for fans of this universe to read the story of a character that has resonated so deeply with our audience.”

Rhimes and Quinn’s work will be published by Avon Books, an imprint of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins.

According to the publication, the release of the book will coincide with the date of the premiere of the spin-off series on Netflix.

Legend: Set in Bridgerton's fictional universe of Regency-era London balls and high society scandals, the book follows a character played by Guyanese-British actress Golda Rushuvel;  seen in 2019

Legend: Set in Bridgerton’s fictional universe of Regency-era London balls and high society scandals, the book follows a character played by Guyanese-British actress Golda Rushuvel; seen in 2019

Inspiration: Queen Charlotte is the only character in the series not to appear in Julia Quinn's original Regency novels – and the only one based on a real person (pictured by Golda Rushuvel)

Inspiration: Queen Charlotte is the only character in the series not to appear in Julia Quinn’s original Regency novels – and the only one based on a real person (pictured by Golda Rushuvel)

Queen Charlotte is the only character in the series not to appear in Julia Quinn’s original Regency novels – and the only one based on real people.

At this time, it is not yet confirmed when the hit adaptation of the books will return to the streaming platform.

In March, Bridgerton continued its reign on Netflix, with the second season setting a streamer record less than a week after premiering on the platform.

The romantic series amassed 193 million hours of viewing worldwide in just seven days, the most for an English-language Netflix series in its first three days. The Hollywood Reporter.

“Queen Charlotte was such an exciting character to write, and now to be able to work with Julia to adapt this story into a book is such an exciting opportunity,” Rhimes said in a statement obtained by Variety.

“Queen Charlotte was such an exciting character to write, and now to be able to work with Julia to adapt this story into a book is such an exciting opportunity,” Rhimes said in a statement obtained by Variety.

Coming soon: Rhimes and Quinn will be published by Avon Books, an imprint of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins

Coming soon: Rhimes and Quinn will be published by Avon Books, an imprint of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins

At the time, the hit series earned a spot in the top 10 in 92 of the 93 countries where ratings are tracked by Netflix, with Japan being the only outlier, THR added.

The second season also had the second-highest overall opening weekend of any Netflix series.

The only show to top Bridgerton was the fifth installment of the Spanish series Money Heist, which scored 20.9 million hours in its first three days.

Impressive: The Duke and I was originally published 22 years ago, but became a phenomenon after Rhimes turned the books into an immersive Netflix series

Impressive: The Duke and I was originally published 22 years ago, but became a phenomenon after Rhimes turned the books into an immersive Netflix series

After the release of the first season, HarperCollins Avon reported that readers had purchased 750,000 copies of the Bridgerton books.

It even spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

The Duke and I was originally published 22 years ago, but became a phenomenon after Rhimes turned the books into an immersive Netflix series.

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