Bridget Jones is set to make a triumphant return in a THIRD film. Get clued up on everything you need to know with our cheat sheet on the flick...
It's time to dust off those big pants, ladies - Bridget Jones 3 is nearly here, and we’re beyond excited!
It’s the moment we've all been waiting for. After TWELVE years of waiting for a third installment (yes, twelve - if that doesn’t make you feel old, nothing will...), the trailer for Bridget Jones' Baby has finally landed. What has she been up to since 2004? Well, let's just say that things aren't as simple as "happily ever after" for our Bridget. Ready? LET'S GO...
Yes, we know it isn't the actual film, but we're still pretty happy about getting a sneaky peek, and don't forget that up until now we've had plenty of behind-the-scenes info to keep us going.
The latest? Even Bridget Jones herself doesn't know what's going to happen at the end of the film. Speaking to the Sunday Express, Renee Zellweger revealed that the main cast, including Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey, have filmed three separate endings to Bridget Jones 3, meaning none of them know who the father of Bridget's baby really is.
"It's kind of brilliant" she told the newspaper. "None of the cast knows who fathered Bridget's baby or who she'll choose as her beau. The plan is to keep us all in the dark, right up to the premiere." We can't take the suspense!
Renee also spoke to Entertainment Weekly ahead of the film's 2016 release, spilling all on what we can expect from #3.
'This is part of the new challenge, discovering where Bridget is now in her new life,' says Renee Zellweger. 'I love all these characters. I love her world and her family and her friends [...] I like that she tells stories about what it’s like to be a woman.'
Colin Firth talks about his character Mark Darcy's love for Bridget: 'He's known her since she was a child and I don't think he loves her because there's a reason to […] I just think he does. In fact there's a scene in this film where it says something along those lines, that it defies logic.'
And his new love interest, Patrick Dempsey's character: 'He’s a very different kind of rival [...] He's not somebody I've known since we were kids. He's an outsider and he threatens Mark Darcy in a very, very different way than Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) did.'
Colin talked about the plot, too, which got us SO excited: 'There are various mysteries to be resolved [...] Who does she end up with? Whose baby is it? You can resolve one and make the other a question. Those are things which might not be revealed until very later on. I rather like it. It's not often you have something where you have the possibility of keeping a surprise.' Eeeeek.
While the film’s plot line is still shrouded in mystery, there are a few things we DO know about the up-coming flick. Here, we’ll chronicle any news as soon as we get it – think of it as your handy guide to all things Bridget Jones 3.
Get clued up on everything we know about Bridget Jones 3, so far…
The Release Date
That's right, the production team has already unveiled the release date of Bridget Jones's Baby, and it's way sooner than we thought. A rep for the film confirmed that it's set to hit the big screen on October 16th 2016. Naturally, we're BEYOND EXCITED.
The cast and crew have been filming non-stop recently, taking over London's iconic Borough Market so that Renée Zellweger could shoot some Christmassy scenes. Glorious.
The On-Set Filming
Shot on location in London, we knew it was only a matter of time before we'd catch a glimpse of Renée shooting the film's first scenes. Now, that day has come. Taking a day to film scenes in a local Sainsbury's branch (oh the glamour) Renée, dressed in her Bridget Jones garbs, can be seen rocking a fuzzy blue coat and, oh, what's this? A ruddy huge baby bump! That's right, Bridget is expecting, and styling out her maternity wear like a pro we might add...
The Modern Spin
Working Title, the film company that's responsible for all the trilogy, has finally given us our first official look at Renée in all of her Bridget Jones glory, and it's brilliant. She can be seen smiling, wearing a cosy cable knit jumper and clutching a red-covered iPad in place of her handwritten diary. Well, this is 2016 after all...
The title for the film is Bridget Jones’s Baby. Yep, no clues there…
And from what we've spied on Instagram it's a REALLY cute kid.
Renée Zellweger AND Colin Firth are both reprising their respective roles as Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy (thank god), but Hugh Grant won’t be returning as the cheating ex, Daniel Cleaver. Instead, Patrick Dempsey – yep, Doctor McDreamy himself – is joining the ensemble as a love rival for Mark Darcy. Oh Bridget, will you never learn?!
Patrick confirmed the news on Instagram by sharing a shot of himself in London alongside the caption: 'Nice to be working in England. Renée and Colin are an absolute joy to work with! A good couple of days rehearsing at Pinewood Studios. I really like it here!'
The Guest Star
We didn't see THIS coming! Ed Sheeran just revealed on his Instagram page that he will be making a cameo in the third film. Everyone's favourite redhead hasn't revealed exactly what role he'll be playing, but captioned the Instasnap "Spent the day being an actor in the new Bridget Jones movie. Loved it, you're gonna love it too".
We weren’t lying when we said the storyline was being kept under wraps, though, as the title suggests, Bridget does find herself unexpectedly expecting. EEK. However, she doesn't know who has fathered her baby? Say it ain’t so…
For those of you who read Helen Fielding’s third Bridget Jones novel Mad About The Boy*, you’ll be pleased to hear that the film will NOT be based on the book. Instead, the story will be akin to the columns Fielding penned for the Telegraph newspaper.
*Spoiler alert: If you haven’t read the book but love the films then we’ll spare you the heartache. Mark Darcy dies and Bridget shacks up with a younger man. Bitter, us? Yes, yes we are…
Sharon Maguire - who helmed the original Bridget Jones’s Diary in 2001, but not the 2004 follow-up, will take the reigns once again. So yes, we imagine it’ll ring true to the first flick.
The Filming Date
Filming began in October 2015, with Renée Zellweger spotted on the streets of London (brushing up on her accent, natch).
The countdown is on...