It been a VERY LONG TIME since we have done a proper Hypothetical casting post so I thought let’s get back into the groove and cast multiple characters from a single show.

Let’s looks at Bridgerton, which I enjoy (season 3 hype) for casting options.

For those of you who do not know Bridgerton is Netflix show based on Julia Quinn’s Recency Romance Book Series. It has so far one spin-off series with Queen Charlotte but for this casting we will just source the flagship series (I will add a two actors from Charlotte as bonus because I think they would suit the role too.)

For this casting let’s use actors who have appeared in Bridgerton for a Disney version, plus one extra character because I want to. These casting picks are based on the Disney movie so the picks are based off of looks and acting. Let’s ASSUME they all can sing. Side note the gargoyles were a puzzler…..

Quasimodo – Jonathan Bailey

Jonathan Bailey as Anthony, Bridgerton
Jonathan Bailey as Anthony
Bridgerton Season 2

Quasimodo as a role requires nuance and I think Jonathan Bailey could be up to the task. I mean he could Phoebus or even Frollo but we’re going Quasimodo, give him a challenge.

Esmeralda – Simone Ashley

Simone Ashley as Kate Bridgeton Season 2
Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma
Bridgeton Season 2

Yes, she was in live action The Little Mermaid BUT she would make a PERFECT Disney version Esmeralda. She has the right type of look and she plays the head-strong, smart, no-nonsense type but with a soft sensitivity that Disney’s Esmeralda has.

Frollo – Anthony Head

Anthony Head as Lord Sheffield, Bridgerton season 2
Anthony Head as Lord Sheffield,
Bridgerton Season 2

He is one episode of season 2 so it counts. Bridgerton, and I might just have rewatch it, doesn’t have a large swath of what I would consider “Frollo-types” in the cast but I think he could make a great Frollo. He has the right look and is a decent age for Disney Frollo and he can sing.

Phoebus- Freddie Stroma

Freddie Stroma as Prince Friedrich, Bridgerton season 1
Freddie Stroma as Prince Friedrich,
Bridgerton Season 1

Phoebus should be an easy casting and that makes can make it hard. I think he would be fine in the role but I think Bridgerton has many options and this just the one I picked. Originally I had considered Jonathan Bailey and Regé-Jean Page for Phoebus.

Clopin – Regé-Jean Page

Regé-Jean Page as Duke of Hasting Bridgerton, season 1
Regé-Jean Page as Duke of Hasting
Bridgerton Season 1

This casting just seemed right. Don’t know why just does. I think he could have fun in the role.

Hugo – Hugh Sachs

Hugh Sachs as Brimsley, Bridgeton
Hugh Sachs as Brimsley

This one was the hardest. I think if there was new iteration of the gargoyles they have to toned down like in the German musical, especially Hugo. So in the end I just considered just voices, so picked Hugh Sachs who plays Brimsley, also very coincidental about the names. He really the only one from the Bridgeton cast would could voice Hugo effectively

Victor – Julian Ovenden

Julian Ovenden as Henry Granville, Bridgerton Season 1
Julian Ovenden as Henry Granville
Bridgerton Season 1

Originally picked Anthony Head for Victor and Julian Ovenden for Frollo but the deciding factor was age. Disney Frollo skews older than other versions of the character so I swapped them. I do think Julian Ovenden can play the stately, sensitive slight comedic Victor very well and he can also sing.

Laverne – Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews

This is an indulgence because it’s treasure to humanity Julie Andrews. She is perfect and would make a perfect Laverne I have no doubt. Goldie Rosheuvel and Adjoa Andoh would also be great picks for Laverne but had to go with Andrews.

Bonus – Fleur de Lys – Jessica Madsen

Jessica Madsen as Cressida, Bridgerton season 1
Jessica Madsen as Cressida,
Bridgerton Season 1

I know there is no Fleur de Lys in the Disney version but her role as Cressida is much like a Fleur de Lys that I HAD to mention it. Plus a remake could add her in, they sort of did in the musical but is was more of name drop/homage.

Extra – I think Sam Clemmett (young Brimsley) and Guy Henry (Dr. Monro) from Queen Charlotte would be great picks for Quasimodo and Frollo respectively but I just wanted to keep this to Bridgerton but they were my first initials picks.

If you like this let know maybe I will do more like it and suggestions for casting are always welcome though I have a backlog ^_^’

2 Thoughts on “Hypothetical Casting: Bridgerton Edition

  1. Anna G. Mcnail on 07/16/2023 at 10:19 pm said:

    I actually thought the girl who played Edwina, Charithra Chandran, would be a lovely book Esmeralda. I know she’s supposed to be french in the book, but that’s a detail I think it’s worth ignoring. It doesn’t do any favors for the Romani community to have that whole baby kidnapped story. As for Fleur de Lys, I think the girl who played Daphne would rock in a more villainous role, that scene when she seduced Prince Friedrich reminded me of La Monture.

    • jess on 07/17/2023 at 9:41 am said:

      I 100% agree, Charithra Chandran would make a great Esmeralda that would be based on the novel. I’m also in favor of Esmeralda’s book backstory being ignored since it’s rooted in hateful racism.

      Interesting, I didn’t really think of Phoebe Dynevor for Fleur de Lys but yeah, you’re right that scene is a lot like La Monture. I could see it that casting.

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