Here’s everything you need to know about the highly anticipated release.
Almost 20 years after Legally Blonde first bent and snapped into theaters, hope for a third movie in the Reese Witherspoon–starring franchise lives on. In 2018, MGM confirmed that another installment, following 2003’s Legally Blonde 2, is in the works with some of its original stars. However, the wait has taken longer than usual, even surpassing the originally slated release date. Here’s what we know of Elle Woods’s long-awaited new chapter so far.
IT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR VALENTINE’S DAY 2020.
In 2018, Variety reported that fans would see Legally Blonde 3 arrive on February 14, 2020, but the day has come and gone with no sign of the film. Word of the release date arrived just days after Deadline first reported that MGM was nearing a deal to bring back Witherspoon as Elle Woods and gather members of the original production team for the project.
As of right now, there’s no word of the new release date.
REESE WITHERSPOON IS RETURNING.
She even confirmed the news with an Elle Woods–inspired bikini Instagram shortly after reports of the revival. “It’s true… #LegallyBlonde3,” she captioned a clip of herself floating in a pool, sporting a hot-pink two-piece.
This time around, Witherspoon has also signed on as a producer through her Hello Sunshine production company. She joins Marc Platt, who produced the original Legally Blonde. Writers Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, who adapted Amanda Brown’s book for the 2001 movie, were also tapped to pen the new screenplay.
THERE’S A SCRIPT.
In May 2019, Witherspoon confirmed to Entertainment Tonight, “[We have] a script, but we haven’t shot anything.” Though she didn’t share plot details, she spoke highly of her famous on-screen persona.
“She’s a very beloved character,” she said. “You just want her to go on a hero’s journey like she does in the first movie, and I’m having a great time working on it.”
OTHER ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS MAY RETURN.
The actress and producer hasn’t shared any specific details about plot points, but she did let a few hints slip. In a video with The Hollywood Reporter from December 2019, Witherspoon answered the prompt, “Legally Blonde 3 will be … “
She filled in the blank, saying, “So much fun. So full of fashion. So full of awesome feminist ideas. It will be global. It will have animals. It will have returning cast members. We just need to film it first. But that’s my hope and dream for Legally Blonde 3. It will be the return of Jennifer Coolidge, which is the greatest.”
Back in August 2018, Witherspoon also gushed over the movie after a production meeting. “Oh, it’s gonna be so fun!” she told ET. “I got to go to a meeting the other day where we talked about all the new plot points and all the characters and some returning characters and some new characters. I mean, I got so excited just in the meeting. I was like, ‘This is gonna be good.'”
REESE GAVE J.LO A QUICK UPDATE.
During quarantine this month, Witherspoon briefly discussed LB3 while chatting with Jennifer Lopez on Instagram Live. J.Lo had just watched Legally Blonde with her kids. “My daughter’s like, ‘I want to know what happens to her,'” Lopez said, per People. “And I said, ‘There’s a 2 and a 3, I believe.'”
Witherspoon replied, “Well, no, there’s a 2 but I’m thinking we might be working on a 3.” The vague answer is not quite the news we were hoping for, but our eyes our peeled for new developments.