The town is abuzz with the news as Hannah Dodd replaces Ruby Stokes as the second youngest Bridgerton sister, Francesca in the hugely popular Netflix Regency-era series, Bridgerton for season 3.
Stokes, who left to continue her role as lead on another Netflix series, Lockwood & Co, was absent from season 2, leaving many viewers wondering why Francesca has received so little screen time. And now we have an answer. As we inch closer to the younger siblings coming of age and getting ready to join society, it’s no surprise that showrunners would want a more solid commitment. If the series follows the books, Francesca would take center stage in a potential season 6.
Casting calls are out for season 3, which is set to begin production this summer, but no news has come out about what we can expect in terms of which Bridgerton sibling will have the limelight. Per the books, it should be the second eldest son, Benedict.
Season 3 will also see a new showrunner in Jess Brownell, who takes over from Chris Van Dusen. She will also executive produce alongside Van Dusen and Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Tom Verica.