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Reese Witherspoon has confirmed she is returning for Legally Blonde 3

The actress is set to reprise her role as the chripy lawyer Elle Woods

By Steve Brown

Reese Witherspoon has confirmed she will be reprising her iconic role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3.

It was reported this week that Witherspoon is in talks to reprise her role as the perky law graduate for a second sequel to the hit 2001 comedy, which grossed $141 million at the global box office and became one of the most quotable comedies of the noughties.

But now Witherspoon confirmed she will be back as the chirpy, pink-loving lawyer in a Twitter post.

Alongside a video of her/Elle lying on a lylo in a pool, Witherspoon wrote: “It’s true… #LegallyBlonde3”

Legally Blonde 3 will be produced in conjunction with Witherspoon’s own production company Hello Sunshine, which has helmed hits like 2014’s Gone Girl and HBO’s Emmy-winning drama series Big Little Lies.

Legally Blonde‘s surprise success at the box office in the summer of 2001 lead to a sequel, Legally Blonde: Red, White and Blonde, two years later – and while the reception to that particular film was, shall we say, more muted, Witherspoon has expressed interest in returning to the role of Elle Woods in recent years.

Appearing on The Late Late Show last year, the actress, 42, told host James Corden: “I think it would be kind of cool to see her 15 years later. Like, what’s she doing now? What do you think? I don’t know. But I need a good idea.”

She added: “[Elle] could be a Supreme Court Justice, or she could be a really great, powerful attorney … or she could be in prison!”