Legally Blonde (franchise)

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Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde DVD box set.png
Cover art for the 2010 DVD box set containing all three films
Created by Amanda Brown
Print publications
Novel(s) Legally Blonde (2001)
Films and television
Television series Legally Blonde: The Musical – The Search for Elle Woods (2008)
Theatrical presentations
Musical(s) Legally Blonde (2007)

Legally Blonde tells the comical adventures of Elle Woods, portrayed by actress Reese Witherspoon in the series' first two films,[1] a blonde California University of Los Angeles sorority president who enrolls in law school. The media franchise consists of three comedy films, a musical, a reality television series, and a book series.[2]


The franchise is based on the 2001 novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown.[3]

It is also the basis of a series of young adult fiction novels featuring the character of Elle Woods, written by Natalie Standiford.[4][5]


The film series consists of Legally Blonde (2001),[3] Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003),[1] and Legally Blondes (2009).[6]

In June 2018, Reese Witherspoon has been in discussions with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to produce a third instalment in the Legally Blonde film series. In addition to reprising her role as Elle Woods, Witherspoon is bringing back both Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith to pen the film's script.[7] MGM later confirmed in a Twitter post that Legally Blonde 3 is set to be released on February 14, 2020.

Occupation Films
Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde 2:
Red, White & Blonde

Legally Blondes
Legally Blonde 3
Director Robert Luketic Charles Herman-Wurmfeld Savage Steve Holland TBA
Producer(s) Marc Platt
Ric Kidney
Marc Platt
David Nicksay
Jennifer Simpson
Stephen Taxler
Reese Witherspoon
Marc Platt
Reese Witherspoon
Sean McNamara
Jennifer Simpson
Sara Berrisford
Craig Roesseler
David Brookwell
Hudson Hickman
David Buelow
David Grace
Marc Platt
Adam Siegel
Reese Witherspoon
Screenwriter(s) Karen McCullah Lutz
Kirsten Smith
Kate Kondell Chad Gomez Creasey
Dara Resnik Creasey
Karen McCullah Lutz
Kirsten Smith
Composer Rolfe Kent John Coda TBA
Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond Elliot Davis William D. Barber TBA
Editor(s) Anita Brandt-Burgoyne Peter Teschner Cindy Parisotto
Anthony Markward
Production companies Type A Films
Marc Platt Productions
Type A Films
Marc Platt Productions
Brookwell McNamara Entertainment
Marc Platt Productions
Hello Sunshine
Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date July 13, 2001 July 2, 2003 April 28, 2009 February 14, 2020
Runtime 96 minutes 95 minutes 82 minutes TBA


A Legally Blonde musical debuted in 2007,[8] with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. It premiered in pre-Broadway tryouts in San Francisco, California. In April 2007 the show moved to Broadway, opening to mostly positive reviews and grossed more than $1,000,000 a week on several occasions. Jerry Mitchell directed and choreographed. The original cast starred Laura Bell Bundy as Elle, Christian Borle as Emmett and Richard H. Blake as Warner. It received seven Tony nominations and ten Drama Desk nominations but did not win any.


A reality television series based on the musical, Legally Blonde: The Musical – The Search for Elle Woods debuted on MTV in 2008.[9] The show debuted on June 2, 2008, and the winner of the show, Bailey Hanks, in addition to being cast in the role, was given the opportunity to record her own single of the musical's first-act closer, "So Much Better". The show concluded on July 21, 2008. Autumn Hurlbert was the runner up. She served as Hanks' understudy and performed in the ensemble of the show (replacing Becky Gulsvig who left to join the tour). Bundy's last performance in the musical was on July 20, 2008. Hanks began performances on July 23, 2008 and remained with the show until it closed on October 19, 2008.[10]


  1. ^ a b Mitchell, Elvis (July 2, 2003). "FILM REVIEW; There's Nothing Wrong in Washington That a Little Cream Rinse Can't Fix". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Bohn, Casey (October 24, 2016). "Jackie v. Marilyn: The Surprisingly Complex Identity Politics Of LEGALLY BLONDE". 
  3. ^ a b Scott, A. O. (July 13, 2001). "FILM REVIEW; A Rich Ditz Has Both Brains and the Last Laugh". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Juvenile Series and Sequels Title: Elle Woods". Mid-Continent Public Library. Archived from the original on 2015-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Legally Elle Woods". 
  6. ^ Cornelius, David (April 11, 2009). "Legally Blondes". DVD Talk. 
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (June 4, 2018). "Reese Witherspoon in Talks to Return for 'Legally Blonde 3'". Variety. Retrieved June 5, 2018. 
  8. ^ Brantley, Ben (April 30, 2007). "Candy Worship in the Temple of the Prom Queen". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Hale, Mike (June 9, 2008). "Suspense Is, Like, Totally Total". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ Hetrick, Adam (October 18, 2008). "Case Closed: Legally Blonde Ends Broadway Run Oct. 19". Playbill. Archived from the original on September 14, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 

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