What we know about 'Legally Blonde 3,' so far

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Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde." MGM
  • A third "Legally Blonde" film is in the works with Reese Witherspoon reprising her role as Elle Woods.

  • "The Office" star Mindy Kaling, who's co-writing the script, said that Elle will be 40 in the sequel.

  • "Legally Blonde 3" is currently set for release in May 2022.

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A third "Legally Blonde" movie is in the works, with Reese Witherspoon set to reprise her role as Elle Woods.

The first film was released in 2001 and centered on the main character enrolling in Harvard Law School after a breakup. In the second movie, which came out in 2003, Elle headed to Washington, DC to fight for animal rights.

Witherspoon confirmed the third film in June 2018, by posting a video of herself lounging in a pool with the caption: "It's true..."

Since then, more details and information about the sequel have slowly come out.

Here's what we know so far about "Legally Blonde 3."

Witherspoon said the movie will feature some familiar faces

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Jennifer Coolidge in "Legally Blonde." MGM

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2019, Witherspoon promised that the movie will be, "So much fun. So full of fashion. So full of awesome feminist ideas. It will be global."

"It will have animals," she continued. "It will have returning cast members. We just need to film it first. But that's my hope and dream for 'Legally Blonde 3.' It will be the return of Jennifer Coolidge, which is the greatest."

Aside from Coolidge's return as Paulette, it's unclear who else will be back.

Back in 2018, Witherspoon told Entertainment Tonight that she had a meeting where they discussed "all the new plot points and all the characters and some returning characters and some new characters."

The following year, she told ET that Elle is "a very beloved character" and she was enjoying the process of developing the sequel.

"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," she said.

Mindy Kaling is co-writing the script

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Mindy Kaling in February 2020. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

The "Office" alum is penning the script with Dan Goor, who wrote for the hit sitcom "Parks and Recreation" and created "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Kaling confirmed her involvement in the project in May 2020, by sharing a side-by-side photo of herself recreating one of Elle's looks and posting a screenshot of Deadline's article.

"Finally some use for my Elle Woods fan fiction! So excited to be reunited with my friends @reesewitherspoon @laurenneu and Dan Goor to work on this movie," the actress said.

"Elle Woods is so iconic, proving you can be girly and smart at the same time," she added. "Bend and snap people!"

Elle will be 40 years old in the sequel

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Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde 2." MGM

"I love the franchise so much," Kaling told "Access" in January 2021. "I love Elle Woods as a character and when Reese asked me to write it I was like, 'Absolutely!'"

"I can't wait to see what people will think of the way we wrote Elle Woods," the "Never Have I Ever" co-creator continued. "We wrote Elle Woods at 40, so how Elle is at 40 versus how she was at 21 has been really fun to imagine."

As for when it'll be possible for the cast and crew to begin filming, Kaling said it's unclear due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I don't know when we'll be able to shoot movies again but it would be great to, if Reese likes the script, shooting it this year would be awesome," she said.

And when asked if the film will include nods to the previous films, Kaling said, "Bend and Snap is forever. We definitely have a lot of fan favorites from the original movie."

'Legally Blonde 3' is currently set for release in May 2022

The release date was announced by MGM studio in October 2020.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie was originally slated for theatrical release on February 14, 2020, but it got delayed.

With COVID-19 cases still on the rise, it's possible that similar to other highly-anticipated movies, the release date for "Legally Blonde 3" will get pushed back again.

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