Mindy Kaling teases Legally Blonde 3 script, which follows Elle Woods at 40

Zoe Shenton
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Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

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It seems like Legally Blonde 3 was announced an eternity ago now (yes, June 2018 really is an eternity), and we’ve been patiently waiting ever since for a trailer and teasers, behind the scene snippets and all that good stuff. But while it looks like filming hasn’t actually even started yet and probably won't be starting for a while due to coronavirus, Elle Woods Reese Witherspoon has dropped hints about who could be returning for the third instalment of the film.

"I love Jennifer Coolidge and Luke Wilson and Selma Blair and so there's so many great characters that people love," Reese previously told Entertainment Tonight.

Here’s everything else we know about Legally Blonde 3 so far:

What will happen in Legally Blonde 3?

Mindy Kaling, who is co-writing the follow up film, has teased some details about the new film and upcoming production. "I love the franchise so much," she told Access Hollywood. "I love Elle Woods as a character. And when Reese [Witherspoon] asked me if I wanted to write it, I was like, 'Absolutely!'"

Teasing the potential storyline, she continued, "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."

When was Legally Blonde 3 announced?

In June 2018, Reese revealed Legally Blonde 3 was in the works with an uh-mazing Instagram video of herself lounging on a pool float while dressed in a hot pink sequin bikini. "It’s true," she wrote alongside it because two words and a three-second clip is all she really needed to announce the return of such an iconic film.

Who will star in Legally Blonde 3?

When asked who she would like to see reprise their roles, Reese dropped the names of Jennifer Coolidge (Paulette Bonafonté), Luke Wilson (Emmett Richmond) and Selma Blair (Vivian Kensington). And it goes without saying that Reese will be back as Elle.

Meanwhile, Regina King (Grace Rossiter) and Matthew Davis (Warner) have both said they would also love a role in the new film.

When will Legally Blonde 3 be out?

Hollywood studio MGM announced on October 20, 2020 that Legally Blonde 3 will officially be hitting cinemas in May 2022.

They wrote on Twitter, "Elle Woods is back! Legally Blonde 3 coming May 2022. We rest our case. #LegallyBlonde3 #ElleWoods @ReeseW."

At the New York premiere of Big Little Lies in 2019, Reese revealed they have "a script" though added "but we haven't shot anything".

She added to Entertainment Tonight: "[Elle's] a very beloved character. You just want her to go on a hero's journey like she does in the first movie, and I'm having a great time working on it."

The script is thought to have been written by Kirsten 'Kiwi' Smith and Karen McCullah, who adapted the first film from the Amanda Brown novel.

However, it's since been revealed the script might still be in need of some work as Never Have I Ever's Mindy Kaling and Parks and Recreation writer Dan Goor have been hired to work on it, according to Deadline.

The website reports producers signed them up to work on "an entirely new fresh spin", which sounds a lot like the film - which was originally slated for Valentine’s Day 2020 - won't be due for release any time soon. But will no doubt be an absolute delight when it does finally drop!

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