Just when you thought that pink had faded away from your screen with the end of Barbie season, Reese Witherspoon has arrived to bring it right back where it belongs: In the courtroom.

The star of Legally Blonde (2001) and its sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003), took to Instagram (wearing an all-pink ensemble), to announce that a new Legally Blonde prequel show is in the works. Here’s everything we know so far:

What’s the Legally Blonde prequel about?

While we don’t know too much about the plot, we know that this is a project Witherspoon has been trying to kick off for awhile. In 2019, the actress and producer had spoken to The Hollywood Reporter about efforts to revive Legally Blonde, saying, “I want to discover what age means to that character.”

The show, titled Elle, after the protagonist Elle Woods, will tell the story of the future lawyer’s high school years in the 1990s. In the works since early April, it will be executive produced by Witherspoon through her production company Hello Sunshine along with series creator Laura Kittrell, Hello Sunshine’s Lauren Neustadter, and Lauren Kisilevsky, plus, the producer of the Legally Blonde films, Marc Platt. There’s lots of drama and teenage growing pains to be expected though, because Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the writers behind Gossip Girl and The O.C. are attached to the project.

Elle will take audiences on a journey to find out who the character was before she became Harvard Law’s most fashionable graduate. We don’t know anything yet about the casting and it’s not certain if Witherspoon herself will be in the film – although fans are wondering if her daughter, Ava Phillippe (who famously looks just like her mother), will take on the role of the younger Elle.

Amazon MGM Studios and Hello Sunshine are also reportedly looking to turn the Legally Blonde films into a multiple-show franchise with a second offshoot also in its early stages, so looks like there’s plenty of Elle Woods in the pipeline.

When will it be released?

The producers are all tight-lipped about when the show will come to our screens, but we do know that it will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

While it remains to be seen if the show will live up to the iconic films, there are a few things that can be expected from it: A dose of 90’s nostalgia, high school romance, teenage friendship dynamics and of course, the journey of how Elle Woods became Elle Woods. What? Like it’s hard?


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