While Ashley previously told Glamour that she was at least hoping for “a small appearance” in season 3, it sounds like her role will be more substantial, especially now that she’s the (female) head of the Bridgerton household. “She’s got big boots to put on…. I’m just excited for her to have a home and to have a family,” she said. “I’m excited to see her grow.”
Ashley also told E!, “Yes, there will be a post-marriage Kanthony story for sure.” Yes!!!
Perhaps the biggest casting news for season 3 is the announcement that Francesca Bridgerton has been recast. According to Deadline, Hannah Dodd will now take over the role for Ruby Stokes, who has other filming commitments. This means we’ll likely see much more of Francesca’s story next season—something Van Dusen also confirmed to Glamour. “We unfortunately lost Ruby [Stokes] midway through filming [season 2] due to another project,” he told us. “Francesca was actually written into the season much more than you see her in the final edit. We tried really hard to make it work, but we just couldn’t. So after exhausting a bunch of other options, we unfortunately had to take Francesca out of some of the scripts due to reasons that were really beyond our control…. Francesca is definitely a Bridgerton. She has her own love story in book six, so it was always my goal and my intention to focus on one Bridgerton sibling per season and to definitely tell the stories of all those brothers and sisters at some point.”
What about Regé-Jean Page?
Every Bridgerton fan was of course crushed to learn that Regé-Jean Page, season 1’s heartstoppingly beautiful leading man, would not be appearing in the second season along with his costar Phoebe Dynevor. At the time Page was, in fact, adamant in his decision to quit the series after the sexy first season.
And, despite some rumors to the contrary, Page confirmed once again that he will not be returning to the series. In an Instagram posted June 21, Page wrote that “the papers made that one up,” referring to speculation that he was in talks to make a triumphant return for season three.
What about changes behind the scenes?
Chris Van Dusen, the series creator, will be stepping aside, and Jess Brownell, a writer who has worked across the ShondaVerse, will be taking over as showrunner.
When will it come out?
Again, this isn’t confirmed yet but an educated guess tells us 2023, probs.
This post will be updated as more information becomes available.