Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones is back and shots from the set offer fans their first glimpse of the actress as one of her most famous characters.
On Friday, Working Title offered a sneak peek at Bridget Jones’s Baby by releasing the first still of star Renée Zellweger reprising her role as the beloved British character.
The photo shows Bridget Jones hugging an iPad, which as Vanity Fair points out, indicates that the publishing executive has moved on from a hard cover diary into a tracking her every thought via a digital diary.
— Working Title (@Working_Title) October 2, 2015
Excitement is mounting as things get underway on the third installment of the Bridget Jones Diary franchise.
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) October 3, 2015
Just last week, Zellweger’s new co-star Patrick Dempsey took to Instagram to share a photo from Pinewood Studios in the U.K., where the Grey’s Anatomy alum was rehearsing with Zellweger and Colin Firth, who plays Mark Darcy.
Nice to be working in England. Renee and Colin are an absolute joy to work with! A good couple of… https://t.co/H8cVyVi49b
— Patrick Dempsey (@PatrickDempsey) September 23, 2015
Dempsey reportedly took over for Hugh Grant after the actor made it perfectly clear he was not interested in re-joining the original cast.
— GraziaUK (@GraziaUK) September 26, 2015
According to The Telegraph, Friday was the first day of filming on the new movie based on the Helen Fielding characters. Directed by Sharon Maguire, who brought the world the first film in the series, Bridget Jones’s Baby will be based on Fielding’s columns and not her latest novel, Mad About the Boy, which apparently killed off Firth’s character.
Thank goodness for that!
— Cosmopolitan UK (@CosmopolitanUK) October 3, 2015
Reports indicate the new movie will catch up with Bridget as she enters her 40s and juggles her career as a publishing executive, a pregnancy, and her ever-complicated love life.
— CELEBUZZ (@CELEBUZZ) October 3, 2015
The 46-year-old actress, who has struggled with her weight and previously gained around 30 pounds for the role, looks radiant in the new still, as reported by The Mirror.
— TV Guide (@TVGuide) October 3, 2015
The Jerry Maguire actress’ fans flooded social media sites with their reactions to the new photo and film.
pdemps is hanging with colin firth and renee zellweger right now let’s not freak out! pic.twitter.com/CqWH8RUkg9
— gilmore girl (@patrickdempsea) September 26, 2015
Love! Can’t wait for the release! Bridget Jones is back! The first picture for Bridget Jones’s baby has been released http://t.co/dBGB847oDt
— Jane (@OuttaSightJane) October 3, 2015
— Maiah Johnson (@maiah) October 3, 2015
Excited for Bridget Jones’s Baby. My not so secret guilty pleasure: Richard Curtis rom-coms.
— Siôn Jones (@siongarethj) October 3, 2015
— SJ Charles (@SJCharles1) October 3, 2015
Bridget Jones’s Baby is slated to arrive in theaters September 16, 2016.
— Closer Mag & Online (@CloserOnline) September 10, 2015
Who’s excited to see Renée Zellweger in the latest installment in the Bridget Jones saga?
[Image via Twitter/Working Title]