Legally Blonde 3 finally has a release date and its sooner than you think

It's what we've all been waiting for, Legally Blonde 3 has been given a release date

Reese Witherspoon speaks onstage at the Watermark Conference for Women 2018
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Elle Woods fans, the time we've been waiting for is finally here. Legally Blonde 3 is officially on and it's coming sooner than you think. 

The third instalment of Reese Witherspoon's hit movie franchise - which recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary (yes, we feel old too) - has been in the works for years, with many speculating about whether it was actually ever going to happen. Well, the answer is yes and naturally, we're beyond excited. 

Back in October,  MGM Studios confirmed Legally Blonde 3’s theatrical release date, announcing that the film will hit cinemas in May 2022 and now, it has been set for Tuesday May 17. 

Okay, so it may not exactly be tomorrow but with this year almost at an end already, it's fair to say the next year and a half will fly by too. 

The studio first broke the news via Twitter, simply tweeting: "Elle Woods is back. Legally Blonde 3 coming May 2022. We rest our case," alongside a gif of Witherspoon's iconic character on the Harvard Law School campus. 

The new film is a follow up to Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, which was released in 2003, following the blockbuster success of the first film in 2001. It will see Witherspoon reprise her role as Elle Woods, 20 years after she first introduced us to the legendary 'bend and snap'.

While no real details regarding the plot have been shared just yet, we do know that the new script has been written by Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor.

"It's been really funny to write," Kaling told Good Morning America in an interview earlier this month. "I'm working on it with my friend Dan, and I think it's going to be a great movie for Reese and people are going to love to see her in this part.” 

For the film's  20th anniversary,  the original cast reunited over zoom including Witherspoon and co-stars Selma Blair (Vivian Kensington), Jessica Cauffiel (Margot), Jennifer Coolidge (Paulette Bonafonté), Matthew Davis (Warner Huntington III), Ali Larter (Brooke Taylor Windham), Holland Taylor (Professor Stromwell), Alanna Ubach (Serena McGuire), and Luke Wilson (Emmett Richmond).

As for who will be returning, you can expect to see the full cast... or at least that's what Reese has hinted in an interview with Entertainment Tonight before the news of the third film was confirmed. "I love Jennifer Coolidge and Luke Wilson and Selma Blair and so there's so many great characters that people love," she told the publication. "If we end up doing it [which they now are], hopefully they end up all being there."

We hope so too. Bring on 2022! 

Sagal Mohammed

Sagal is a journalist, specialising in lifestyle, pop culture, fashion and beauty.  She has written for a number of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Stylist, Evening Standard, Bustle, You Magazine, Dazed and Wonderland to name a few.