Legally Blonde fans, our dreams are finally coming true. A Legally Blonde 3 really is happening. They’ve set a release date and everything. Plus, there’s some juicy news everybody needs to know about (more about that in a minute!) We’re always happy when they bring out a second installment to one of our favorite movies. We were happy enough when we heard they were releasing a second Legally Blonde, but a third?
It’s been 15 years since we last saw Reese Witherspoon playing Elle Woods and, frankly, we’ve been eager to see her stepping into Elle’s pink shoes once again. There have been many rumors over the years of a third movie in the works. Now, it’s finally been confirmed.
Here, everything we need to know about the new Legally Blonde 3.
15 Reese Witherspoon will play Elle Woods again
No disrespect to actors out there, but it’s always so disappointing when a sequel movie doesn’t feature the original character. We don’t know why movie producers do it. They should know we don’t like change. We like our original characters. The familiar faces we’ve grown to love. We’ve always loved Reese Witherspoon playing Elle Woods in the Legally Blonde movies. No other actress could master the role quite as splendidly as Witherspoon does. That’s why we couldn’t be more thrilled to hear that the actress will be reprising her role as Elle Woods in the upcoming movie.
It may not be one of those epic movie franchises, like Harry Potter or Avengers, but there’s just something about the Legally Blonde movies that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Like a tub of Ben and Jerry’s, they are incredibly comforting. It doesn’t matter what mood we’re in, we can always make time for a Legally Blonde movie. Elle Woods has got to be one of those brightest characters we’ve ever seen, so she can always lift our spirits. Frankly, we just don’t think it would be the same without Witherspoon. Reese Witherspoon made Elle Elle. Without her, she’s not Elle.
14 And she confirmed it in the most Elle Woods way
We hear rumors of movie remakes and sequels in the works all the time. Unfortunately, not all of them are true. So we get our hopes built up, only to realize someone was just making it all up. It isn’t until we see one of the original characters confirming it on their social media account that we know for sure whether the next movie is happening or not. Naturally, we were over the moon when Reese Witherspoon confirmed it for us and the way she did it was totally Elle Woods style. She rocked her pink sequined bikini once more.
On June 7, Witherspoon shared a video of herself floating past the camera on a bright blue floaty on Twitter, with the caption: ''It’s true.'' And of course, we fans couldn’t have been more excited to hear the confirmation from the main character herself. It’s not that we have anything against new actors playing familiar characters. We just hold a special fondness for the originals because, in our heads, they are what made a character the character they are. Without the original actor or actress, it just doesn’t feel the same and it takes some getting used to. Witherspoon is going to nail it once again and we can’t wait!
13 The movie comes out in 2020
According to an MGM announcement posted on Twitter, the movie is set to be released on Valentine’s Day 2020. That’s June 14, 2020. Yes, we know it’s a long wait, but on the bright side, at least we know for sure that it’s actually happening. How many times have we heard this rumor before? Too many times to count.
Actually, Reese Witherspoon has given us a few hints over the last few years that left us wondering if the next Legally Blonde could be in store.
Last year, on James Corden’s The Late Late Show, she said she would do it. "I think it'd be kind of cool to see her 15 years later, like what's she doing now? What do you think? I don't know. But I need a good idea." And finally, after more than a decade of waiting, it really is happening. Sure, we’ve got a wait on our hands but we don’t have to wonder whether or not it’s ever going to come to the big screen. MGM has confirmed it. Reese Witherspoon has confirmed it. We think we’ve got enough evidence now to know that this is no fluke. Do you think it’s possible to book our cinema seats now?
12 The creative team from the original movie is returning
In addition to Reese Witherspoon returning under her production company Hello Sunshine, there are going to be others making a return for the upcoming film. While no information has been revealed about any of the original cast members making a comeback, we know for sure that many members of the creative team from the 2001 film will be returning. It’s nothing but good news when it comes to this movie. Who doesn’t love it when the original team makes a comeback for the next part of a movie? You can expect it to be authentic!
First of all, the movie’s original producer Marc Platt will be returning to make the film. As will Adam Siegel. It’s also in talks that the scriptwriters who wrote the first film, Kirsten ''Kiwi'' Smith and Karen McCullah, will be penning the script for the third installment of the movie. How awesome is that? Sometimes it can be disappointing when producers bring out an additional installment to a beloved movie because it isn’t anything like the original. But when you’ve got your original main character and your original creative team, it can only spell success. We doubt this movie will be disappointing.
11 Female empowerment is the theme
While no plot details have been revealed so far, sources say it’s going to be ''in the spirit'' of the original movie. And the theme is going to be female empowerment once more. People may deem it little more than a chick flick, but the key message in the movie is clear. Elle Woods is fierce.
She may worship pink, her nails and designer attire, but there’s much more to her than the obvious.
Elle Woods is smart and she proves that any woman can do what she puts her mind to. There are no limits in this world if you really want to do something. Just go and make it happen like Elle did. Before the confirmation, there were rumors about another Blonde in the works last year. ''We’ve thought about it,'' Witherspoon told E! News in January 2017. The actress liked the idea of bringing back the feminist icon in this time where the president has a history of negative comments about women. "I think women need that kind of positivity right now," she said. They do indeed! And nobody can bring that positivity to us more effectively than Miss Woods herself. This is the woman who taught us how to bend and snap, after all. She is clearly capable of anything.
10 That could mean Elle Woods in office
Like we said, the plot is still under wraps. We guess it’s going to be a while before we know anything about the actual storyline. All we know so far is that it’s going to have the same spirit as the first film and won’t stray too far from the original theme. But we know we can expect Elle Woods to be doing something amazing in the next movie. She helped set an innocent woman free in the first film and managed to ban animal testing in the second. Who knows what she’ll be doing in the next film, but we’re sure it’s going to be impressive. We think she’d make a great Supreme Court Justice.
Elle Woods is older now. So it would make sense for her to hold high office. Witherspoon even offered a potential storyline jokingly on The Late Late Show with James Corden last year when Corden suggested she could work in the White House. ''She could be a Supreme Court Justice or she could be like a really great, powerful attorney or she could be in prison,'' suggested Witherspoon. ''She could be anything.'' In prison? She could be right. Producers might surprise us with a really unbelievable storyline like that.
9 Witherspoon will be one of the producers
Did you know Reese Witherspoon has her own production company? It’s called Hello Sunshine and she’ll be working under it for the upcoming movie. That sounds exciting, doesn’t it? If there’s anyone who knows Elle’s character inside out, it’s Witherspoon. We think she’d be perfect in helping produce the film. No doubt, she’ll have some amazing input.
And from what we’ve heard, she’s already achieved some remarkable things in the world of TV and movie production.
Hello Sunshine is an American media brand founded in 2016 by Reese Witherspoon and Strand Equity founder Seth Rodsky. But it wasn’t the first movie production company she started. She actually created Pacific Standard in 2012 with Bruna Papandrea. Together, the duo produced big movies like Wild, Gone Girl and the HBO drama series Big Little Lies.
After splitting up, Witherspoon gained full control of the company and it now serves as a subsidiary for Hello Sunshine. This venture focuses on shining a light on female-driven stories on film and TV. Hence, it makes sense why she’d be adding Legally Blonde 3 to her string of female-driven movies. With Reese’s input, we know it’s going to be one interesting movie and we can’t wait.
8 Sadly, the original Bruiser won’t be making an appearance
Who can forget Bruiser, the adorable Chihuahua Elle Woods carried around throughout both the Legally Blonde movies? He may have had no lines as such, but he still played a fundamental role in the movies. Rarely did we see Elle without her cute little pooch, usually in matching outfits. However, you won’t be seeing Bruiser in the new Legally Blonde 3 movie. At least, not the original Bruiser because the beloved little pup is over the rainbow bridge now.
The dog who played Bruiser passed away in 2016 at the age of 18. Reese Witherspoon was just as gutted about the news as we were. She even wrote a touching message along with a photo on her Instagram account soon after she heard the news: ''With a sad heart, I have to let all the #LegallyBlonde fans know that Bruiser Woods (also known as Moonie) passed away yesterday. He was a sweet Chihuahua who was very loved,'' she wrote. ''I will never forget all the days we spent together…I’m sure his tail is wagging in the sky. Sending love to his trainer, the wonderful @tailsticks #RIPBruiser.'' There might be another Chihuahua in the new film, but we think it would be unrealistic for Bruiser to still be alive.
7 EW has already devised a few potential storylines
Naturally, we are all eager to find out what’s going to happen in the next installment of Legally Blonde. Unfortunately, nothing has been publicly released about the plot just yet. We have a strong feeling we’re going to have to wait until the trailer release before we know even the slightest detail about the storyline. That’s probably why Entertainment Weekly has thought up some of their own ideas on what the new movie could be about. For Elle herself, they think she could either return to her roots as a lawyer, represent women’s rights and possibly offer an updated version of the bend and snap.
It was 17 years ago, after all.
As for the rest of the characters, EW predicts that Paulette could be attempting to become an Instagram celebrity, Vivian is launching a beret collection and that Serena and Margot have established their own fashion line. It all could be possible! In fact, we like the sound of these storylines. Maybe EW should pitch in with the script writing. It sounds like they could offer a great deal of insight. It’s been so long since we last seen Elle Woods and her entourage, anything could happen. Fifteen years really is a long time for people to grow and change.
6 Elle Woods for President?
EW has also predicted that Elle Woods could run for President of the United States. That might sound a little far-fetched, but this is Elle Woods we’re talking about and Elle can pretty much do whatever she puts her mind to. Frankly, we think it could be a strong possibility for the character in the upcoming movie. She obviously has a lot of strong opinions, knowledge and the oratorical skills to make a great president. You can almost imagine them painting the White House pink. Knowing Elle, she’ll be living in The Pink House.
Personally, we cannot wait to see what the scriptwriters come up with. It will be disappointing if the storyline is a bit "meh." But, if they are struggling to think of good storylines in the movie, they should definitely consider some of EW’s ideas. We’re totally rooting for their plot lines. For starters, it would be incredibly entertaining to see the White House painted hot pink. And just think of all the cute outfits Elle will be wearing. We’ll be living in the world of pink and fluffiness once more. And no doubt, Elle’s beloved late Bruiser will have his own portrait on the wall. We can see it so clearly in our heads.
5 You’re going to see an older and wiser Elle
Seeing as Reese Witherspoon is 42 years, we suspect she’ll be playing a similar age in the movie. That means we’ll be seeing an older and wiser Elle Woods. Not that she wasn’t wise before. Of course, she was. Just look at all those cases she nailed! And the amazing advice she dished out to Paulette, Vivian and the rest of the crew. Elle was like the go-to woman when you had problems you needed to figure out. Seventeen years on, she’s obviously gotten even wiser.
And we suspect there have been a lot of changes in her life.
For starters, we doubt Bruiser is going to be in it. That would make him very old if he were in the next installment of the movie and that just wouldn’t be realistic. If Elle is still together with Emmett, there’s a high possibility they’ll have kids together by now. We’re seeing two little cute blonde kids in highly stylish outfits. Maybe there’s a family pet now. Alternatively, Elle could be single and in prison. Who knows what scriptwriters are going to create? All we know is that Elle is going to be more mature in this installment. We’re going to be seeing some changes for sure.
4 Fans are offering name ideas for the movie
Many fans have pitched their own ideas for the next Legally Blonde installment. That’s probably because there’s not enough information out there about the upcoming movie so people are clutching at straws. We know it’s tough, but you’ve just got to be patient. 2020 will come round in no time, we promise. Still, we can’t help but find these pitches highly entertaining. Between Twitter folks and EW writers, we’ve almost got a script together already.
One Twitter user claims they won’t watch the movie if it isn’t called a certain title. ''Legally Blonde 3: Commander in Chic'' is the title @Kathriller suggested. They claim they won’t care much about the movie if this title isn’t used. We think she’s being sarcastic. Then again, we totally dig the name. Very cool and appropriate. Another user suggested ''Threegally Blonde.'' Hmmm, we think we like the first suggestion best. "Threegally Blonde" is cool too but we could actually see the first title working for real. Unfortunately, we’re just going to have to wait and see. Maybe it will stay as Legally Blonde 3 or maybe they’ll get more creative and use something else. If all else fails, they could use the above suggestions.
3 Twitter is losing it over the news
When anything happens in the world, the first thing most people do is log onto Twitter and post a tweet about it. So of course, when MGM revealed that Legally Blonde 3 is happening for real, fans were quick to express their excitement over the news. To start off, we were all a bit apprehensive about whether it was just another rumor. But when MGM and then Reese Witherspoon confirmed it, we knew it was the real deal and that we would indeed be seeing the real Elle Woods once more. One user tweeted: ''Reese Witherspoon has confirmed #LegallyBlonde3 and I AM SCREAMING.'' ''Reese Witherspoon just floated by in her infamous pink sequins bikini on her IG to confirm #LegallyBlonde3 is happening. I can’t breathe. I’m so freaking excited,'' posted another.
We are totally all on the same page!
The people of Twitter are not alone. We are just as ecstatic over the news of Legally Blonde 3. We simply cannot wait to see which characters make a comeback, what they are doing now, and how the storyline will go. Thankfully, most of the original creative team are returning for the new movie, so we don’t think they’ll let us down with their work.
2 It’s actually a life-saving film
Hard to believe a light-hearted chick flick could be so powerful, right? Yet, it seems Elle Woods has helped a lot more people than just her on-screen co-stars. In fact, one line from the Legally Blonde movie saved a fan with severe depression. In other words, Elle Woods is impressionable in so many ways. But you already know that. Who doesn’t love her collection of memorable lines like ''bend and snap.'' But it was the one about exercise and endorphins that actually changed a life. Big time.
According to the film’s co-writer, Karen McCullah, one particular line left a big impact on a fan’s life. "I got an email from a guy who said that he was really depressed and was about to hurt himself when a friend called and asked him to go dancing," she said. "He said no, he didn’t want to go out. And then after he hung up the phone, he remembered the line, 'Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.'" Imagine how amazing that must feel to know you’ve helped someone in the best possible way with one simple line. It just goes to show that Legally Blonde is a lot more epic than you thought.
1 Don’t expect it to be *exactly* like the original
Before you finish reading this article, we’d just like to make you aware that the new Legally Blonde 3 movie may not be exactly like the original. Although we can tell you with certainty that Reese Witherspoon will be playing Elle again and that the creative team from the first film will be returning, we don’t know what events will happen in the movie itself. Like we said before, Elle is going to be older. There are going to be changes in her life. We are definitely going to see some changes since the last time we saw Elle.
But there’s only one Elle Woods.
While it’s obviously not going to be exactly like the first film or the second, we doubt producers will change Elle’s characters majorly. One of the reasons we love the Legally Blonde movies is because of Elle and her character. She’s a big part of what makes the movies so entertaining. We just wanted to warn you that you’re probably going to see some changes. There was only a difference of a couple of years between the first two movies. There will be a 17-year difference between the second movie and this movie. However, we don’t think you have anything to worry about. We’re sure it’s going to be fabulous.
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