After years of delays, production is finally under way on Bridget Jones' Baby, the third film in Renée Zellweger's beloved film series that includes 2001's Bridget Jones's Diary and 2004's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Colin Firth reprises his role as Mark Darcy from the first two movies, with Patrick Dempsey coming aboard to play a new character. Today we have the first photo of Renée Zellweger as the title character, seen clutching an iPad.
Hugh Grant is not returning as Daniel Cleaver from Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Way back in 2012, long before production actually got started, it was rumored that Hugh Grant was leaving the project, and it turns out that actually turned out to be true, three years later. While no details were given for Patrick Dempsey, it's possible that he will become a new romantic rival for the title character's affections.
Deadline's report from last month claims that the story is actually based on author Helen Fielding's newspaper columns, and not her latest book Mad About The Boy. The book follows Bridget as she has a couple of kids, while Mark Darcy has passed away. Helen Fielding wrote the adapted screenplay alongside David Nicholls (One Day, Far from the Madding Crowd).
No plot details have been confirmed, but the title obviously references Bridget Jones having a child, although the identity of that child's father remains to be seen. Debra Hayward is producing alongside Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Universal Pictures will co-finance with Miramax and StudioCanal. Now that production has finally begun, hopefully we'll start to hear more about supporting cast members in the near future.
Sharon Maguire, who directed the original Bridget Jones's Diary, is back at the helm for this highly-anticipated sequel. Bridget Jones's Diary earned $281 million worldwide from a $25 million budget back in 2001. The 2004 sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, which was directed by Beeban Kidron, $262.2 million globally. Do you think this next installment can top its predecessors at the box office? Let us know what you think, after checking out the first photo from Bridget Jones' Baby.