“Legally Blonde 3” is on its way, although it does keep getting delayed. Reese Witherspoon, who’s set to reprise her role as Elle Woods, first announced that the new movie was in development on June 7, 2018. Originally, MGM shared in a tweet that “Legally Blonde 3” would hit theaters on Valentine’s Day 2020. That date got pushed back to May 2022. Now, there’s no new release date, but the movie is still happening.
Mindy Kaling, who’s been tasked with writing the script alongside Dan Goor, told Time in March that the screenplay isn’t ready, but that they’re digging deep to make sure it’s perfect. “What is Elle Woods like at 42?” she said. “Does she end up becoming all the things she wanted? How does that personality manifest in a grown woman? Has she become more cynical? Her brightness and her cheerfulness really worked when she was 22, but how has life changed her perspective on things?”
Kaling said that watching the “Sex in the City” reboot, “And Just Like That,” made her even more aware of how hard it is to update Elle for a modern era. “The hardest thing about this project is trying to figure that out in an authentic way,” she said. “Honestly, watching ‘And Just Like That’ and how they took a character from 18 years ago and how the character was now — we want to make sure that Elle Woods is not paying penance for existing in the year 2022.”
We still can’t wait to see how Elle’s story has evolved since the 2003 sequel, “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.” Here’s what we know about “Legally Blonde 3,” including the cast and creative team.