We’ll Finally Meet Elle Woods at 40 in “Legally Blonde 3”

Curious what life’s like for Elle Woods at 40 years old? Guess we’ll find out very soon!

The release date for “Legally Blonde 3,” still featuring Reese Witherspoon as the protagonist, is no longer a mystery–so we can now mark our calendars for May 20, 2022.

Elle at 40

It’s been two decades since the first Legally Blonde film came out, where we met a 21 or 22-year-old Elle Woods. Fast forward to today, Elle would already be all grown up and in her early 40’s.

The film celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2016, and as a tribute, Reese wore an Elle Woods-approved outfit: a sparkly, sequined, pink bikini. Just in case you need a refresher, Elle Woods wore the iconic pink bikini in her Harvard application video essay:

Photos: Youtube/Movieclips, Instagram/reesewitherspoon

However, it was only in 2018 that Reese finally confirmed a third installment for the film series. She brought out the same pink bikini to commemorate the moment on Instagram:


The release date was also confirmed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) on Twitter and by the cast during a virtual reunion in 2020.

New and old

Aside from Reese, producer Marc Platt is also returning for the third film. Joining him are Adam Siegel and Hello Sunshine, Reese’s own production company.

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Photo: Instagram/legallyblondemovies

More people are joining the team, such as Mindy Kaling, who is co-writing the script with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” executive producer and co-creator, Dan Goor.

Mindy is known for co-creating the Netflix comedy-drama series “Never Have I Ever” and for being one of the executive producers and main cast members of “The Office.” She also created, produced, and starred in “The Mindy Project”–talk about being multitalented!

Referring to working on Legally Blonde 3, Mindy said that she and Dan “loved working on it.”

She also called the fashionable lawyer an iconic character whose adult life she’s excited to explore: “Elle Woods is such an iconic character and so loved… That character, so innocent and girly, what is she like when she’s dealing with adult problems and is an adult woman? She’s not a little girl anymore.”

We can’t wait to meet the ever so fabulous Elle Woods again!


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