After 10 years of playing one of the most famous doctors on television, Patrick Dempsey is headed back to big screen, with the confirmation today that the star is about to close a deal to appear in [Bridget Jones's Baby](tag:293051)!
The film will be the third installment in the wildly popular Bridget Jones franchise, which is based on the literary series by Helen Fielding. While it's not clear exactly which character Dempsey will play, he will star alongside Renée Zellweger who will reprise her role as a now 40-something Bridget Jones, and Colin Firth who will once again play Mark Darcy. Hugh Grant, who starred in the first two Bridget Jones films will not be returning.
According to Deadline, production of the film will begin in the UK on October 2nd, and will be directed by Sharon Maguire, who helmed the original Bridget Jones's Diary back in 2001.
While author Helen Fielding has apparently been busy writing initial screenplays for the film with David Nicholls (One Day), plot details of the film are being kept secret. However, as the name of the film does suggest, Bridget Jones will find herself pregnant, and perhaps this is where Dempsey's character could step in - could he be father?
Though Helen Fielding has written three Bridget Jones novels (the first two of which have already been adapted into film), Bridget Jones's Baby is believed to be based on columns Fielding has written. In Fielding's third novel, 'Mad About The Boy,' Bridget Jones is a now-51-year-old widow with two children, so perhaps this could become a possible fourth movie in the future.
Source: Entertainment Weekly