Divisive Bridget Jones sequel causes uproar for THIS casting absence - details

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10 Apr 2024, 11:47

Renee Zellweger smiling on a red carpet and Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones

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A new Bridget Jones movie has been angering fans on social media due to its lack of one key cast member.

Following on from 2016’s Bridget Jones’ Baby, a fourth Bridget Jones outing entitled Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy has been announced. The film will star Renée Zellweger as the eponymous lead and will see the return of Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver, who was presumed dead for most of the previous movie.

However, Colin Firth will seemingly not be returning for the fourth film in the role of the beloved Mark Darcy, leading fans to worry this may mean the film will be adapting Bridget Jones writer Helen Fielding’s plot development which sees Darcy permanently killed off.

No official synopsis for the film has been released just yet, but it can be assumed that it will be based on the plot of Fielding’s novel of the same name. In this book, Bridget copes with widowhood in her 50s after the death of Mark some years earlier.

“Bridget Jones 4 without Colin Firth… no thank you,” said one angered fan of the series in response to Firth’s absence from the film’s main announcement.

“Colin Firth we will get you the role of Mark Darcy back,” another passionate fan wrote on X (formerly Twitter). Other fans called the idea of a Jones film with no Mark Darcy “pointless”, while many just posted shocked reaction images and commented “Where is Colin Firth?!”

While Firth’s absence has been drawing the most attention from fans, yesterday (9th April)’s announcement about the new Bridget Jones film confirmed some other more exciting facts, such as how alongside Zellweger and Grant, Emma Thompson would also be reprising her role as Doctor Rawlings from the third film.

New stars will also be joining the cast for the fourth movie, with 12 Years A Slave and Love Actually’s Chiwetel Ejiofor and The White Lotus and One Day star Leo Woodall both being added to Jones’ A-list acting team.

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy will debut in cinemas and on Peacock on Valentine’s Day 2025.