Reese Witherspoon hasn't forgotten about Legally Blonde 3

The project has been in the works for two years. According to a new interview, it's still high on her priority list.

by Tom George and Douglas Greenwood
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01 August 2022, 11:01am

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For years now, Reese Witherspoon has been considering bringing back the cultural icon that sparked Ariana Grande music videos, Kim Kardashian’s halloween costume and a lot of bend and snapping. And after announcing the impending arrival of Legally Blonde 3 in May 2020, she’s keen to remind us that the silence doesn’t mean the movie is dead in the ground. It is, she recently insisted, still happening.

The team at the helm of film number three in the saga is already pretty exciting. Getting out their pink scented paper to pen the script is Mindy Kaling, who most recently wrote Netflix's hit show Never Have I Ever. Also signing on as co-writer is Dan Goor, the creator of Brooklyn-Nine-Nine. Reese herself, meanwhile, will be returning to the saga as co-producer, with her production company Hello, Sunshine.

Legally Blonde 3 is still very much in its early stages and although Reese is thankfully involved -- in this house we don’t talk about Legally Blondes -- no other castings are confirmed. We are, of course, hoping for a strong cameo from The White Lotus queen Jennifer Coolidge.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Reese said that she was "still hoping that Legally Blonde 3 is gonna come together in the right way,” crediting the success of Top Gun: Maverick — a sequel to a movie made literally 36 tears ago — as proof that there’s still an appetite for nostalgia. “They waited a long time to make another version of [Top Gun], and I loved the nostalgia piece they incorporated in it. So definitely that gave us a lot of inspiration about what we would want to do with Elle Woods and make sure that we had all those same touchstones that mattered to people (back) then.”

It sounds like the script is still in the works, which is encouraging: they’re clearly keen to ensure they do the return of Elle Woods justice. "I feel like these characters are my friends, so I safeguard them,” Reese said. “I would never make the subpar, mediocre version of their story."

So, after winning cases with her extensive knowledge of perm maintenance in the first film and fighting animal testing at the supreme court in the second, where is Elle heading to next? “I think it’d be kind of a cool thing to have her be a Supreme Court justice or somebody who runs for office or president," Reese said way back in 2017. Elle Woods for president? We’re into it.

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