It’s been a long time since the general public last heard from Renee Zellweger. The actress was on top of the world not too long ago, taking starring roles in dramas and romances with ease and snapping up Oscar nominations like Halloween candy, eventually landing a Best Supporting Actress statuette in 2004 for her role in Cold Mountain. But then in 2010, she all but vanished, declaring that she’d take a hiatus from acting for an unspecified amount of time. But she shall return from her self-imposed Hollywood exile in a big way this year, with three projects on the docket: First, she’ll star in the indie thriller The Whole Truth, then take a role in the racially charged drama Same Kind of Different as Me, and then complete her 2016 hat trick by returning to the role that earned the actress her first Oscar nomination, back in 2001.
Bridget Jones’s Diary introduced the world to a klutzy yet lovable Brit who wants nothing more than to break out of chronic singledom and find herself a dream hunk. Her choice between the handsome and debonair Colin Firth and the handsome and debonair Hugh Grant updated Pride and Prejudice for a new era, and with the sequel Bridget Jones’s Baby lined up for a September 16 release, Zellweger will tackle another huge facet of womanhood: zany pregnancy mix-ups.
In the newly released trailer embedded above, Bridget must contend with a new love triangle, this time with Patrick “McDreamy” Dempsey competing against old standby Colin Firth. Throwing a huge wrench into the proceedings is the child gestating within Bridget’s womb, the parentage of which is not clear. In a kind of pre-natal Mamma Mia! situation, Bridget must clarify the unborn child’s lineage while dealing with her life of loneliness, and handling a demanding career as a TV producer. It’s tough, being a modern and independent woman when all you’d like to do is go home and read Jane Austen novels and eat cupcakes. But a Jones must do what a Jones must do, and she must make a ditz of herself in the public eye while choosing which finely aged slab of man she’ll claim as her mate.