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Posted: June 07, 2018

Reese Witherspoon confirms 'Legally Blonde 3' in works

Executive producer/actress Reese Witherspoon of the series 'Big Little Lies' speaks onstage during the HBO portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 14, 2017 in Pasadena, California.
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Executive producer/actress Reese Witherspoon of the series 'Big Little Lies' speaks onstage during the HBO portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 14, 2017 in Pasadena, California.

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Actress Reese Witherspoon confirmed Thursday morning that the “Legally Blonde” franchise is getting a third film.

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Rumors swirled last week that Witherspoon was in talks to reprise her starring role as sorority girl-turned-attorney Elle Woods for “Legally Blonde 3.”

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“It’s true,” she said Thursday morning in a tweet.

The announcement came with a short video of Witherspoon wearing a sparkly pink bikini and floating in a pool. “Legally Blonde” fans might recognize the bikini from the first film in the franchise.

 Variety magazine reported Monday that Witherspoon plans to produce the film through her company, Hello Sunshine.

“Legally Blonde” premiered in America in July 2001. Based on a novel of the same name by Amanda Brown, the film was a critical success. It was followed in 2003 by “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.” A musical based on both the book and the 2001 film premiered on Broadway in 2007.


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Reese Witherspoon may be close to starring as lawyer Elle Woods again in “Legally Blonde 3.”

Deadline reported that the actress is nearing a deal with MGM and most of the creative team from the 2001 original, including screenwriters Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah.

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According to Variety, Witherspoon would be producing the third film through her company, Hello Sunshine.

In the original film, which starred Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Victor Garber and Jennifer Coolidge, Witherspoon played a sorority girl who tried to win back her ex-boyfriend, played by Matthew David, by enrolling at Harvard Law school.

“Legally Blonde” grossed $141.8 million across the globe. The 2003 sequel, “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde,” grossed $124.9 million worldwide. It co-starred Sally Field and Regina King.

Us Weekly reported that Witherspoon has expressed interest in reprising the role.

“I actually think it’s kind of great right now (to do a third movie) because we’re talking about women in politics and how important that is to get more women,” she in an October 2015 interview on “Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe.” “I think it’d be kind of a cool thing to have (Elle) be a Supreme Court Justice or somebody who runs for office, like president.”

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