Legally Blonde's early ending featured potential romance between Elle and Vivian

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An alternate ending for Legally Blonde insinuated romance between Reese Witherspoon's Elle and Selma Blair's Vivian, according to a member of the film's cast.

The rom-com classic - which turns 25 later this year - followed Witherspoon's endearing sorority student Elle, who attends Harvard Law School in hope of winning back her ex-boyfriend.

In an oral history of the film for The New York Times, actor Jessica Cauffiel (who starred as one of Elle's best friends, Margot) has claimed that an early ending of the movie concluded with Elle and former adversary Vivian "in Hawaii in beach chairs, drinking margaritas and holding hands".

Cauffiel continued: "The insinuation was either they were best friends or they had gotten together romantically."

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Co-star Alanna Ubach (Elle's sorority sister and close friend Serena) recalled the scene being in the script too, although the screenwriters told the NYT that they never wrote that ending for Witherspoon and Blair, who also starred together in 1999's Cruel Intentions.

Cauffiel went on to claim that the original script was "very raunchy" and closer in tone to the frat boy humour of American Pie, adding: "What we know now as Legally Blonde, and what it began as are two completely different films. It transformed from nonstop zingers that were very adult in nature to this universal story of overcoming adversity by being oneself."

Co-writer Karen McCullah previously disclosed that there was another alternate ending that didn't make the cut. McCullah told Entertainment Weekly in 2018 that the movie "originally ended at the courthouse right after the trial...everyone was congratulating Elle, and Emmett came up and gave her a big kiss. Then there was a tag where it was a year in the future and she and Vivian, who was now blond, had started the Blonde Legal Defense Fund and they were in the quad handing out pamphlets."

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Legally Blonde 3 - starring Witherspoon - is currently in the works, with Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) writing the screenplay.

"I love the franchise so much," Kaling recently told Access. "I love Elle Woods as a character. And when Reese asked me if I wanted to write it, I was like, 'Absolutely!' I can’t wait to see what people think of the way we’ve written Elle Woods at 40. How Elle Woods is at 40 versus when she was 21 has been really fun to imagine."

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