Get your granny knickers and prepare for more cringe-worthy moments from Bridget Jones as Renée Zellweger teases that she could be ready to return to her iconic role. While there’s plenty of Oscar’s buzz surrounding Zellweger’s portrayal of Judy Garland in Judy, it seems old habits die hard.
The frumpy Bridget Jones was first created by Helen Fielding in 1995 as a way to appeal to the busy women of London. Branching out from a column in The Independent, Fielding gave the character her own book when Bridget Jones’s Diary was published n 1996.
Since then, there’s been two sequels — with the last being in 2013 — and the popular trilogy of movies with Zellweger as the lead. Although the third book hasn’t been made into a movie yet, it sounds like there’s some temptation in Tinseltown.
Speaking to Australian talk show The Project, Zellwegger gushed: “Oh, gosh, yeah, wouldn’t that be fun? It’s really the best job, it really is. So much weirder than folks can imagine from the outside.”
The 50-year-old is doubling down on previous teases that she’ll be back as Bridget. Earlier this year, Zellweger said much of the same. When asked about potentially starring in a fourth film during an interview on The Talk, she joked: “Bridget Jones: The Menopause! No, I know Helen’s written the book, and I love this character. So, I mean, if they call me, I’ll go running.”
She’s also opened up to the Daily Record, saying: “I really hope [there is another movie]. I do. I love her. She’s so much fun.”
While Bridget became known for her buxom figure and championing plus-size women, Zellwegger has said she wouldn’t pile on the pounds if she were to reprise her role. We last saw the unlucky lover in 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby, but ironically, the plot of the third book lends itself perfectly to where Zellweger is now.
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy follows her at the age of 51, stuck with two children, still mourning the loss of Mark Darcy, and trying to find her way in the world of social media. Considering the three movies have made an impressive $756 million against a combined budget of $100 million, it was only a matter of time before we got another outing.
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