Bridgerton’s trailers have already launched us to the voice of the present’s lemony, sly narrator Girl Whistledown, and we’re fairly certain you acknowledge the voice of this Regency-era Gossip Lady. In any case, she’s some of the iconic voices of a era! Yep, that is Dame Julie Andrews voicing the unseen however all-knowing narrator of Shonda Rhimes’s newest drama, a Regency-era romance following the romantic ups and downs of the rich Bridgertons and the opposite households of excessive society.
Whereas Shonda Rhimes plus Julie Andrews might not look like probably the most instinctive of collaborations, it is truly not the primary time they’ve labored on a undertaking collectively! Rhimes wrote the screenplay for 2004’s The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, by which Andrews, in fact, reprised her position as Queen Clarisse of Genovia.
That film, by the way, additionally marked one other main “voice” second for Andrews. After a botched throat surgical procedure in 1997, Andrews, whose profession had been constructed on musicals that confirmed off her stunning voice and unusually extensive vocal vary, was left principally unable to sing. In The Princess Diaries 2, nevertheless, Andrews sang in public for the primary time since then, duetting within the movie with Raven-Symoné on “Your Crowning Glory,” an authentic tune particularly written to take a seat in her now-smaller vocal vary.
The Netflix collection is much from the primary time Andrews has performed voice performing and voiceover work. She voiced Queen Lillian, Princess Fiona’s mom, in three Shrek films starting with Shrek 2 in 2004. She additionally served because the fairytale narrator within the Disney comedy Enchanted (which features a musical homage to Mary Poppins at one level). Since then, she’s continued voice performing, together with roles as Marlena Gru within the Despicable Me franchise and because the leviathan Karathen in Aquaman. We really cannot think about a greater voice for Girl Whistledown than Andrews’s completely crisp tones, and her presence is only one of many causes we won’t watch for Bridgerton to debut its first season on Netflix on Dec. 25!
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