In today's Netflix news, Julie Andrews will lend her voice to the character of "Lady Whistledown" in Netflix's upcoming Untitled Netflix Bridgerton Series from Shondaland. Anonymous to readers, this mysterious, sharp-tongued gossip writer uses a curious mix of social commentary and scathing insult to send the season of 1813's ton into an all-out frenzy.
Based on Julia Quinn's best-selling series of novels, Bridgerton, is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society. From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground. At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand's marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.
Julie Andrews has been a beloved and much-honored star of stage, screen and television for more than half a century. She was already a Broadway legend when she made her feature film debut in 1964's Mary Poppins. Andrews' iconic performance in the title role of the magical nanny brought her an Academy Award ® , a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. The following year, she earned a second Oscar ® nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her unforgettable portrayal of Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. She received her third Academy Award ® nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her "dual" role in Victor/Victoria in 1982. Today's young film audiences may be more familiar with Andrews as a queen trying to train her teenaged granddaughter to be a princess in the hit films, The Princess Diaries, and its sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement, as well as Gru's mother, Marlena, in the hugely successful Despicable Me and Minion franchises. Andrews also voiced the character of Queen Lillian in the blockbuster hits Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After. More recently, she voiced the narration of the very successful Disney release of Enchanted. In 2010, Ms. Andrews added to her multi- generational appeal with the release of The Tooth Fairy.
Chris Van Dusen, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers are executive producing 8 one-hour episodes of Bridgerton which will launch on Netflix in 2020.