We hope you’ve been working on your bend-and-snap skills, because Reese Witherspoon and MGM are reportedly in talks to bring Legally Blonde 3 to screens.
Deadline reports that the actress is “near a deal” to reprise her role as Elle Woods in a new movie. Details around the proposed second sequel are scarce, but the focus will be on female empowerment, a timely message in the age of #MeToo and the Time’s Up movement.
It’s been 17 years since Witherspoon first played Elle, the pink-loving sorority sister who decides to attend Harvard in order to pursue her ex, only to realize law school has more to offer than the man who dumped her. Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde followed in 2003, and a musical version of the original opened on Broadway in 2007.
Witherspoon spoke with Instagram about the movie’s legacy in 2016, on the 15th anniversary of Legally Blonde‘s release. “People send me essays their daughters have written to get into school or camp where they’ve said Elle Woods was their hero,” she said at the time. “I have had so many women say, ‘I went to law school because of Legally Blonde.'”
She went on to reflect on the message of the film. “I think it was a pivotal moment in feminism only because it was like, ‘Oh wait, you don’t have to be learned and boring.’ You can embrace your femininity, you can love to get your hair and nails done, you can love fashion, but also be incredibly intelligent,” she continued. “It was kind of a lightning rod moment.”
Witherspoon has become an industry powerhouse since her days as Elle. In addition to her Oscar-winning performance as June Carter in 2005’s Walk the Line, she’s had roles in 2011’s Water for Elephants, 2014’s Wild, and 2017’s A Wrinkle in Time. She also owns a media company called Hello Sunshine and stars in and produces HBO’s Big Little Lies, which won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series last year. Season 2 is due in 2019.
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(photo via Tracy Bennett/MGM Pictures)