Everyone’s favorite Gemini vegetarian is finally going to return to the big screen.
Elle Woods fans might have to wait a bit longer for another Legally Blonde movie — but hey, at least we’ve finally got a new release date!
Reese Witherspoon will reprise her iconic role as blonde sorority girl turned lawyer Elle Woods for a third installment in MGM’s Legally Blonde franchise, just a little later than initially expected.
The threequel was originally scheduled to open mid-February 2020. And while it’s easy to assume that’s because of the coronavirus pandemic shuttering movie theaters, it was quietly derailed long before that.
In any case, we’ve finally been given a new date to look forward to. MGM announced on its Twitter account this week that the film is coming!
“Elle Woods is back! Legally Blonde 3 coming May 2022. We rest our case,” the media company wrote.
Mindy Kaling (The Office) and Dan Goor (Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) wrote the screenplay for Legally Blonde 3. Parc Platt, who produced the first two films, is returning for the third. Witherspoon is also on board to produce the third installment, through her company, Hello Sunshine.
So far, a director has not been announced, and neither have any additional cast members.
Plot details have also been kept under wraps. She pursued a law degree at Harvard University in the first, and then pursued a career in politics when she went to Washington D.C. in the sequel. What’s next for Elle Woods?
An interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year might give us at least a small glimpse into what’s next for Elle Woods.
Reese Witherspoon and producer Marc Platt talked to the outlet in December 2019 while still in the development stage of reviving the franchise. Both said they were excited about seeing Elle Woods in her 40s.
“I want to discover what age means to that character,” Witherspoon said. “Aging, contemporary ideas, how things have evolved — or not evolved.”
At the time, they said that they believed her sense of hope and optimism could be exactly what the world needs. I bet they had no idea how much more true that would become in just a few months after their interview!
News about Legally Blonde 3 comes just a day after Witherspoon hosted a Legally Blonde virtual reunion featuring Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Jennifer Coolidge, Ali Larter, Holland Taylor, and more. #LegallyBlondeReunion
During the reunion, Witherspoon got a little emotional.
“I can’t tell you what it means to me to see your faces,” she told her Legally Blonde castmates. “This was my college. This is where I went to college. I didn’t finish college, but I finished Legally Blonde. We all worked together and made this movie together that has inspired so many young people. It’s just such a gift.”
She also dropped a tidbit of info about an infamous scene in the first movie.
“People always, always ask me to do the ‘Bend and Snap,” Witherspoon said. “That was a full musical sequence that we ended up cutting out of the movie. It was just so fun, but it felt so odd because it was only one sequence.”
Is there any way we can see this fantastic scene? Someone pull that off the cutting floor for me, stat!
Anyway, it’s time to start practicing your ‘Bend and Snap’ — it might be a while away, but Legally Blonde 3 will hit theaters in May 2022.