It’s official: 17 years after she first captured a generation with her contagious enthusiasm and unfaltering optimism, Elle Woods is returning to the big screen. Earlier today, Deadline reported that MGM is near a deal with Reese Witherspoon to reprise her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3, and it is being reported that the 42-year-old actress may even co-produce the film through her production company, Hello Sunshine, alongside original producer Mike Platt and Adam Siegel. Also returning to the creative team are Kristen Smith and Karen McCullah, who are in final talks to write the script.
“They are keeping the plot under wraps, but I’m told it will be much in the spirit of the first film, in which Woods’ idealism and pink-dominant wardrobe prevailed over the cynicism and snootiness all around her after the freshly dumped former sorority sister heads to law school,” writes Mike Fleming Jr for Deadline. This time around you can also expect an even bigger focus on female empowerment, he adds.
The first film, released in 2001, grossed over $141 million worldwide and was nominated for a Golden Globe. It followed Woods, a wealthy sorority girl, to Harvard Law School as she tried to win back her ex-boyfriend. In a series of often cringe-worthy events, Woods ends up discovering her potential and shaking up the snooty law school scene. While the sequel, which followed Woods to D.C., wasn’t as well received, it is still considered a box office success.
Witherspoon has been teasing the role rival for years. In an interview with James Corden of The Late Late Show, she said “I think it would be kind of cool to see her, 15 years later. Like, what’s she doing now? … But I need a good idea.” POTUS maybe? She has our vote!