Zellweger open to 4th film on Bridget Jones
THE stars of Bridget Jones's Baby took to the pink carpet on Monday for the film's London premiere, contemplating shooting another episode in the misadventures of cinema's most hapless singleton.
Crowds gathered in Leicester Square to catch a glimpse of the cast of the third Bridget Jones film, in which Renee Zellweger plays the disaster-prone, chardonnay-swigging heroine.
Ahead of the screening, Zellweger suggested she would be open to a fourth film in the series. "I think it would be interesting perhaps to watch her improvise through the next stages," she told the BBC.
"If these guys show up," she added, gesturing to co-stars Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey who play the heroine's love interests.
Firth said he would be interested in shooting another film.
Dempsey suggested the latest episode may not be the last in the series."It would be nice to see Bridget growing and living her life. There hasn't been another character like that where you're growing up with her," he told London's Evening Standard newspaper.
The new film opens more than a decade since the heroine broke up with her long-time object of desire, Mark Darcy, played by Firth.
In that time, Bridget has pulled herself together and climbed the corporate ladder to become an award-winning television news producer.
Gone are the mountains of self-help and diet books, with her bedside table now heaped with heavyweight political tomes and biographies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
But Bridget, the hugely popular creation of British journalist Helen Fielding, still finds herself alone on her 43rd birthday crying into a bottle of white wine to Celine Dion's All By Myself.
But she finds herself pregnant after falling into bed with Darcy shortly after a drunken tryst with a handsome American Internet billionaire at a music festival.
But Bridget, thanks to a packet of out-of-date, dolphin-friendly biodegradable condoms, is not sure who the father is.
"Bridget is eternally optimistic, self-effacing and finds humour whenever facing adversity," said 47-year-old Texan Zellweger, who again reprises her almost flawless British accent. "She's perfectly imperfect, and that's what people relate to in her."
Written by Fielding with actress Emma Thompson (who also stars as her gynaecologist) and Borat and Bruno screenwriter Dan Mazer, the film is the third in the Bridget Jones trilogy, with Sharon Maguire - who directed the first instalment - returning to the helm.
Maguire said, despite the long wait for the trilogy to be completed, there was no question of getting another actress to play the lead.
"You simply can't make Bridget without Renee," she added.