Renee Zellweger Debunks 'Bridget Jones 3' Rumors

Slamming earlier reports, the Academy Award-winning actress reveals that she is yet to be signed on to reprise her role as Bridget Jones for the third installment of the romantic comedy series.
Contrary to what has been suggested earlier, Renee Zellweger won't be packing up pounds any time soon for "Bridget Jones 3". At Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood event, the 40-year-old actress set the record straight, telling Marc Malkin of E! she hasn't signed on to do another portrayal of thirty-something Bridget Jones.

"I get asked every single day, and I don't know anything," the actress who earned her two Academy Award nods from the role confessed. "It's a rumor." On the report suggesting she will be wearing fat suit instead of gaining the actual pounds this time around, the Ruby Thewes of "Cold Mountain" responded simply, "Oh, goody! When are we having the fitting?"

Presented with the idea of portraying the character in a possible stage musical, Zellweger had this to say, "I haven't been asked, [but] I think that would be weird. Do you think that would be weird?" When her impressive performance in "Chicago" was thrown in to tone down the doubt, she said, "Yeah, but are you going to put my schedule together? When am I going to see my parents? When am I going to go on a date? When am I going to have Christmas?"

Back in 2007, Zellweger has talked about possibility of returning as Bridget Jones, saying should she return for the third movie, then she will be ready to commit. "If it were to happen, then the least of my concerns would be putting the weight on again," she explained. "I've said it before: I like it when I look a little more voluptuous."

In July this year, reports came in that "Bridget Jones 3" has been confirmed to be in development under Working Title Films. It was said at the time that Renee Zellweger will reprise the titular role who is now in her 40s and struggles to have a baby before her biological clock ticks out. The story is likely derived from the short columns that author Helen Fielding wrote for British newspaper the Independent in 2005.

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