First picture of 'Bridget Jones's Baby'

The highly anticipated third Bridget Jones movie has begun filming. Here are the deets

By Shantila Lee | Published: 6 Oct 2015

Bridget's back!
Photo: BridgetJonessDiary/Facebook

After a long, long 11-year wait, Universal Pictures has announced that Bridget Jones's Baby, the second sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary, has begun filming. A first pic of Renée Zellweger's return as Bridget, clutching a red iPad instead of a notebook, was also tweeted along with the announcement.

The third installment is not based on a book like the earlier two movies, but is instead centred around columns that Helen Fielding wrote eight years ago. Bridget still works at Sit Up Britain, a 50-something mother to two young kids. Colin Firth is back as the ever irresistible Mark Darcy, aka Bridge's hubby, but sadly Hugh Grant isn't reprising his role of bad boy Daniel Cleaver because he didn't like the script.

"I decided not to do it," he told Birmingham's Free Radio. "But I think they are going to go ahead and do it without Daniel. The book's excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different – well, the script as I last saw it a few years ago."

But fret not, there is another man on the scene for Bridge as Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy's McDreamy himself has confirmed he will be in the film via his Instagram below.

And then there's the issue of Renée having to pile on the pounds again for the role, perhaps even more so this time having sprouted two kids and being in her 50s. Universal's pic and first paparazzi snaps of Renée since the announcement came out (below) don't show any forthcoming weight gain, but we'll just have to wait and see. Release date is slated for 16 September 2016.

Renee Zellweger

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