Get out your big knickers, Bridget Jones 3 is officially ago … again. Renee Zellweger is set to pile the pounds on as Peter Cattaneo signs on as the new director.

It’s hard to believe it’s been over seven years now since the second Bridget Jones in 2004, but she’s finally returning to our screens.

The third slice of Bridget antics was originally slated to be directed by Bridesmaid‘s director, Paul Feig, but he pulled out, apparently when it was suggested a British director would be better suited to the role. We can’t see the issue ourselves considering the role of extremely British Bridget is played by the very American Renee Zellweger (and extremely well – she was nominated for an Oscar) but we won’t go into that.

Cattaneo is also a fine choice, being best known for directing the smash hit 1997 British comedy The Full Monty about a group of unemployed men in Sheffield who organise and perform their own strip show to raise some funds.

The original Bridget Jones Diary, released in 2001 starred Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. It followed the thirty-something singleton for a year in her life as she attempted to fulfill her New Year’s resolutions (stop smoking, stop drinking, lose weight, progress in career) and find a nice man to settle down with.

The second outing – Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason followed the same formula, only she wasn’t single, having hooked up with top barrister Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) at the end of the first. He proposed at the end, so where can she go from there?

Perhaps the title will give you a clue … The Bridget Jones’s Baby screenplay has been written by Helen Fielding the author of the books the first two were based on. Bridget first appeared in her column in the Independent in 1996 before they were adapted into novels.

The plot still has not been revealed, but Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant are all set to reprise their roles when shooting starts in January.

Bridget Jones’s Baby is set for release sometime in 2013.

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