Bad news if you were hoping for a nostalgia fest when the ill-fated sequel Bridget Jones's Baby finally gets made. Hugh Grant has told a radio show that he won't be returning as posh boy and love rat Daniel Cleaver.
That's right: there'll be no more inappropriate use of office messaging media, or drunken poetry readings in a rowing boat.
Grant told Free Radio that he had pulled out of the project, which he'd already taken issue with in the past:
I decided not to do it. But I think they’re going to go ahead and do it without Daniel. The book’s excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different – well, the script as I last saw it a few years ago.
In 2012 Grant told the media that the film was on hold until the things he disliked about the script were altered. Fast forward two years and it seems that the actor, now 54, has finally had it.
It's another blow to the long-planned sequel, which has come up against numerous problems. The last reports were that both Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth were signed to the project, with Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) set to direct.
With bad boy Daniel Cleaver out the picture, it'll be down to nice guy Colin Firth to sail the romance - that is, despite the fact that (spoiler) he's actually killed off in the third book leaving Jones alone to raise their children.
With no release date yet confirmed, the sequel is still something of a pipe dream. Fingers crossed we get to see it before the cast are using Zimmer frames.