Renee Zellweger will play Bridget Jones again: Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson also return in the sequel


By John

Two-time Oscar winner Renée Zellweger will return to the role of Bridget Jones, one of her most popular characters, in the fourth installment of the romantic comedy based on Helen Fielding's novels. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy will be produced by Universal and Working Title.

In the cast, in addition to Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson will return with the addition of Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave and Love, Actually) and Leo Woodall from the second season of White Lotus set in Sicily.

The direction was entrusted to Michael Morris of To Leslie. The first three films in the series were released in 2001, 2004 and 2016 (when Bridget gives birth to a son) and grossed a combined $760 million worldwide. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy will debut in theaters on Valentine's Day 2025. Zellweger was nominated for an Oscar for the first film in the series.

The film will mark Grant's return to the scene after his character, Daniel Cleaver, was left for dead (and then resurrected) in Bridget Jones's Baby. There are few rumors about the plot except that the now 51-year-old Bridget, now a widow and mother of a child, has a torrid history of sex with a thirty-year-old.