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A key Bridgerton role is being recast

The internet has been buzzing since the first season of Netflix’s Bridgerton, with fans obsessed with everything from the elaborate costumes to the stellar casting. While critics may not have enjoyed the second season, the show still has a devoted fanbase thanks to its wild, sex-filled approach to historical romances.

The series, based on books written by author Julia Quinn, follows a family in Regency-era London. Each book — and the show’s subsequent season — centers around a different Bridgerton sibling. However, there is one family member that even the most diehard fans of the show can’t tell much about: the second oldest daughter, Francesca. That’s because she only had a few brief appearances in the show’s first two seasons before disappearing from the story, according to Deadline

Fans are still trying to figure out which Bridgerton sibling will take center stage in the third season, but even if it’s not Francesca, Netflix has decided to make some changes for her role. According to a recent announcement, Netflix is ​​recasting Francesca Bridgerton’s character ahead of season 3. Current actress Ruby Stokes will be stepping down from the role – she will be replaced by actress Hannah Dodd (via Deadline).

What led to the change?

Francesca Bridgerton is hardly a main character in the hit Netflix series. Even in the original stories, she doesn’t get it until the sixth book (via Deadline† However, Netflix did try their best to show her more in season 2 of ‘Bridgerton’, at least until the third episode. As Deadline reports, Francesca disappeared completely after that. The recast issue apparently had nothing to do with current actress Ruby Stokes’ talents, or with Francesca’s character herself. In fact, the change appears to be related to a scheduling and timing issue. Stokes was signed up to star on the Netflix show “Lockwood & Co.”, which pulled her from “Bridgerton” per Deadline.

The decision to rearrange could mean we’ll see more of Francesca in Season 3, even if you don’t recognize her at first. According to Variety, British actress Hannah Dodd is stepping into the role after her successful performances in projects such as ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ and ‘Find Me in Paris’. Netflix describes Francesca as “reserved,” with plenty of “dry humor and pragmatism,” (per Variety). So she will probably offer some contrast to her more outgoing and dramatic siblings!

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