Reese Witherspoon’s “Mr. Smith”-style trip to Washington, D.C., is one step closer to the big screen. Luke Wilson says he’s finished his scenes for “Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde.”
“It’s a really funny script,” reported the 32-year-old actor, who returns as Witherspoon’s lawyer love interest alongside sitcom veteran Bob Newhart, Sally Field (“Forrest Gump”) and Regina King (“Friday”) (see “Working On ‘Legally Blonde 2′ Brings Regina King To Tears” ). Still in production, “Legally Blonde 2″ sees Witherspoon’s secretly smart Barbie-like character lobbying Congress to ban the use of animals in cosmetics testing (see “It’s Witherspoon Versus Washington In ‘Legally Blonde 2′ “ ).
“She’s just such a good, funny, smart actress. I really respect her,” Wilson said. “A lot of actors just kind of play it straight, and she really plays a character. [It] takes some guts to play kind of this strange character for an entire movie, ’cause [Elle Woods] is an intense little person.”
Wilson joked that he had little apprehension about reprising his role because, “to tell you the truth, I play myself in every movie anyway, so what’s the difference if I do a sequel?”
Shortly before “Legally Blonde 2″ hits theaters in July, Wilson will turn up in another female-fronted franchise, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” which is due in late June (see “Blood Oath Brings Charlie’s Angels Together For ‘Intense’ Sequel” ), and he can currently be seen in the comedy “Old School.”
The Rob Reiner-directed “Loosely Based on a True Love Story,” which stars Wilson alongside Kate Hudson (“Almost Famous”), is due in September.
— Ryan J. Downey, with additional reporting by Iann Robinson