Watch First 'Bridget Jones's Baby' Trailer

Watch First 'Bridget Jones's Baby' Trailer

Mar 24, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby

Twenty years ago, Bridget Jones's Diary became a publishing sensation. Helen Fielding's novel perfectly captured the turmoils and triumphs of a thirtysomething British woman, hitting a chord with readers and critics. A sequel, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, followed in 1999, and soon thereafter a film version of the first book started production.

Born in Texas, Renée Zellweger nonetheless snagged the lead role. Her winning, convincing performance proved that all that counts is what's on the screen. The movie reflected its time as much as the book did a few years before. It became a smash at the box office, earning more than $281 million worldwide, and Zellweger earned an Academy Award nomination as best actress.

Three years later, Zellweger reprised her role in Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, exploring the character's relationship challenges. Though it was less popular in the U.S., it earned even more money in overseas markets than the original, totaling $262 million at the box office. But that seemed to be that for the character. It also represented a peak in Zellweger's career. She continued busy until 2010 and then took a break from acting.

Zellweger returns to the big screen in Bridget Jones's Baby, based on a series of newspaper columns written by Helen Fielding in 2005. Have a look at the first trailer.

The story picks up after Bridget's storybook romance with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) has ended. She finds single life to be more challenging than ever, though things start looking up when she meets a handsome American named Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey). An unexpected pregnancy complicates things, however, especially because she's not sure if the father is Mark or Jack. 

The film has been in development since 2009. Paul Feig (Ghostbusters) was attached in 2011 but exited the project later that year. Reportedly, Emma Thompson was recruited to work on the script and eventually things got rolling under the direction of Sharon Maguire, a friend of Fielding's who also directed the original film.

The trailer also features the return of Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones as Bridget's parents, as well as a fun cameo by Thompson. Will the new movie again resonate with audiences? Bridget Jones's Baby is due in theaters on September 16.

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