17 years after the original hit our screens, Reese Witherspoon may be reprising her most iconic role.
As first reported in Deadline, the actress is reportedly in talks to star as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3.
Screenwriters Kristen “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah who first adapted the Amanda Brown novel for the 2001 first film are primed to write the script, with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel again producing.
Reese and her Hello Sunshine company will also likely be taking on a producer role.
Things are taking shape quickly it seems and all that’s left is to secure a director.
Since 2016, Reese has publicly shared that she would love to play the role again, saying to E! News, “We’ve thought about it. I need somebody really clever to come up with a great idea and we’ll do it. I do think it’s a good time to do it—I think women need that kind of positivity right now.”
The original grossed $141 million worldwide on an $18 million budget, and the sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde brought in $124 million on a $45 million budget.
According to Deadline Legally Blonde 3 “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.”
“The intention here is to make this more about female empowerment, a message that hits at a fortuitous time in the culture. The feeling is to draw back in the audience that grew up with the original film and find a new global audience.”