After a few years out of the spotlight, Renée Zellweger is back in our lives in a big way. The actor was just nominated for her fourth Academy Award, for her critically-acclaimed performance as Judy Garland in Judy. (She won for Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for Cold Mountain.)
The actor has played so many memorable roles over the course of her career but none is perhaps as beloved as Bridget Jones. Based on the best-selling novel by Helen Fielding, Zellweger made her onscreen debut as the titular character in Bridget Jones’s Diary in 2001, followed by Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason in 2004 and Bridget Jones’s Baby in 2016. And in a new interview with Vanity Fair, she said she’s open to revisiting the lovably messy character once again.
When asked if there would be another installment of the hit franchise, she said…maybe: “It would be fun, yeah. I know people are coy. I’m not. I promise I’m not. I just don’t know.”
“I mean, that’s a Helen [Fielding, the author] question, but I hope she would want to,” Zellweger continued. “I know she wrote a book , so maybe. I’m always the last to know. They’re already building sets, and they call me and say, “What do you think?” It’s fun. It’s so much fun. Man, I’d love the experience of revisiting her. I love her. I just think she’s so much fun. She’s the best. Sure, if I got invited to do that, that sounds like fun.”
Well, that sounds incredibly promising, doesn’t it? When last we left our dear Bridget on the big screen, she was a new forty-something mom and finally married to Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Though the plot of Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (which was written before Bridget Jones’s Baby) offers up plenty of fodder for a possible new film.
And considering nostalgia-inducing reboots, revivals, and sequel are all the rage in Hollywood, we wouldn’t be surprised (but very thrilled) if this became a reality in 2020.