Bridget Jones’s Baby Releases New Images That Hope To Highlight Franchise Feel

It’s been a dozen years since we’ve seen Bridget Jones in theaters, but now we’re just around the corner from her return, and this time the story revolves around her pregnancy.

In Bridget Jones’s Baby, Bridget is forty-something and alone again. If her life isn’t out of control enough, despite her best efforts, now she finds herself pregnant, and she isn’t sure who the father is.

Colin Firth returns, but this time Patrick Dempsey joins the cast as Bridget’s new love interest.

While the original, and even the sequel, were pretty solid rom-com efforts, this one has to make you wonder about the theory, and why we’re going back to this well after such a long time. The length away may be part of the point, as fans get to check in with Bridget, and learn what “being Bridget” might mean once you hit your forties, but this still feels like a film that was supposed to come together at least six years ago, and got put on the shelf.

The film has also already been in the headlines as a result of reviews (one in particular) that called Zellweger’s appearance into question. There’s sure to be more of that upon the film’s release, despite the fact that critics are now on notice as to the response.

To be fair, or play devil’s advocate, there’s more to Zellweger’s appearance than simply the looks of an aging actress… no matter how much she denies it.

The images manage to deliver a kind of “Bridget Jones-ey” feel, even just by way of this one –

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The chances are that the cast here is able to pull off nearly anything in the genre, so at worst it’s safe to say that this is going to be a good time. For an added bonus, Emma Thompson has a co-writing credit on this one, and it isn’t a stretch to trust her sensibilities.

Take a look below, and let us know what you think of this one. Good fun, or beating a dead horse?

Bridget Jones’s Baby hits September 16th.

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones and Emma Thompson

Directed by: Sharon Maguire

Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton in Bridget Jones’s Baby. Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

The much-anticipated third installment of the Bridget Jones franchise welcomes fellow Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson to the cast. Longtime collaborators Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films produce alongside Debra Hayward. Universal Pictures will distribute Bridget Jones’s Baby in North America and select international territories.

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