Reese Witherspoon will reprise her role as Ellle Woods in Legally Blonde 3, and the first details of the plot have been revealed.
Since the announcement that Reese Witherspoon would reprise the role of Elle Woods in Legal Blonde 3, we’ve heard very little about the development of the latest installment of the comedy franchise and next to nothing about the plot. However, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, MGM director Pamela Abdy has finally shed some light on how the film’s pre-production is going and where Elle’s character will be when we catch up with her in Legal Blonde 3. Since it’s been nearly two decades since we last saw her, there have been more than a few changes.
legal blonde was released in 2001, bringing the sorority girl from Amanda Brown’s novel to the big screen and creating an instant hit film that garnered fairly positive response from critics, raking in over $140 million on a low budget of $18 million. Two years later Legally Blonde 2: Red White & Blonde came to mixed reviews and while it was still a profitable success, an increased budget and lower box office yield meant the chances of a follow-up looked on shaky ground. For that reason, it was no surprise that when a third film arrived, it was in the form of a straight-to-DVD spin-off. legal blondes, which was produced by Witherspoon but drew attention to Elle Woods’ British cousins who moved to the US to move in with their successful relative. While it was generally well received, the spin-off’s purpose wasn’t quite justified for many and seemed to herald the end of the franchise.
However, in June 2018, fifteen years after she last played the part, Reese Witherspoon is said to have started talks with MGM to reprise her role in a second direct sequel. It was announced that the film would go into production for a 2020 release, but due to the Covid pandemic, the film was delayed and shortly afterwards it was also reported that it would be getting an all-new script and a new May 2022 release date.
Pamela Abdy revealed to THR that the new movie will overtake Elle as a working mom who has now turned 40. She said, “It’s really happening. Mindy Kaling and Dan [Goor] write it now for Reese [Witherspoon] too star. Reese and Lauren Neustadter co-produce with Marc Platt. We develop it all together. What will Elle Woods look like when she’s 40? Elle is a mother with a thriving career. We look forward to seeing the script come out sometime in the first quarter.”
While there’s been no update on the release date of a May 2022 arrival in theaters, it would be something of a miracle if that date holds up, given Abdy’s comments that the script won’t be ready until early next year, and no confirmation of other casting has yet to be made. Based on the usual time it takes to complete movies, it’s more likely we won’t see Elle Wood return in May 2023, but hopefully we can hear more about this soon.
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