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First Look: Renée Zellweger Replaces Bridget Jones’ Diary in ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’

First Look: Renée Zellweger Replaces Bridget Jones' Diary in 'Bridget Jones' Baby'

More than a decade after Bridget Jones reached “the edge of reason,” the fictional Londoner is back, this time with a red tablet instead of her trademark diary, in the first photo from Working Title’s “Bridget Jones’ Baby.”

First introduced in Helen Fielding’s popular column in the British newspaper The Independent, and popularized on screen by Renée Zellweger in “Bridget Jones’ Diary” (2001)—for which Zellweger earned an Oscar nomination—and “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” (2004), Jones was once as influential a symbol for urbane single women as the four friends of “Sex and the City.” Working Title is hoping that a new generation of viewers will be just as smitten with Jones: the first two films in the franchise each grossed more than $250 million worldwide, from budgets that topped out at a mere $40 million.

Few plot details have been made public, but “Baby” costars Colin Firth as Bridget’s longtime love interest, the dreamy Mark Darcy, and Patrick Dempsey (“Grey’s Anatomy”); Hugh Grant, who played Bridget’s slimy ex, Daniel Cleaver, is not returning for the new installment. The film is slated for theatrical release next September.    

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