Reese Witherspoon’s Sweet Home Alabama Co-Star Explains The ‘Issue’ That’s Holding Up A Sequel

Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas in Sweet Home Alabama
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Reese Witherspoon has been a part of a number of iconic movies over the years, including a short foray into rom-coms in the early ‘00s. The actress worked alongside Mark Ruffalo in Just Like Heaven, Luke Wilson in Legally Blonde and was in the middle of Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas in 2002’s Sweet Home Alabama. We do wonder where the country-turned-city girl is nearly twenty years after the film, and apparently so does Josh Lucas.

Josh Lucas, who recently starred in horror film The Forever Purge, played childhood sweethearts with Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama. In the beloved movie, Witherspoon’s character of Melanie has since left her Southern roots behind for NYC but must return to finalize their divorce so she can get married to Patrick Dempsey’s character. Ringing a bell?

Well, Josh Lucas was recently asked about the potential of making a sequel to Sweet Home Alabama during a SiriusXM interview. Here are his thoughts about reprising the role:

Look, I would love to do the sequel. The issue is Reese's got a book club. And I'm saying that like laughingly, but Reese is, you know, I've heard like, 'Oh, you can talk to her about stuff five years from now.' You know, she's a mogul. And back when I was doing Sweet Home Alabama, I, for some reason, remember telling the director or somebody speaking about her, but I said, 'I bet this woman ends up running a movie studio one day. And she's even beyond that at this point.

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Josh Lucas may have been there for the beginning, but he’s very aware of the present life of Reese Witherspoon. She’s busy. The 45-year-old actress has since started her own production company called Hello Sunshine, which produces major movies and TV shows often based on best-selling books. You may have heard about Wild, Gone Girl or Big Little Lies?

As the actor shared, Reese Witherspoon has really made a name for herself over the years and, if anyone has an idea that involves her, they'd better get in line and be worth it because she’s planning projects years in advance right now. Josh Lucas continued:

I mean, you know, she's her own version of Oprah Winfrey now, right? I mean ... it's extraordinary and not surprising either, at all. … Reese, come on, let's go do it.

The actor sounds like he’s not at all surprised about the actress’ success as Sweet Home Alabama turns 20 next year. Although he’d be super pumped about once again playing her Jake, he’s not sure she could fit it into her schedule realistically speaking. It can be noted that Reese Witherspoon is set to reprise her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3 soon ahead of a 2022 release date. Returning to a nostalgic role doesn’t look like it’s quite off the table. Plus, the actress totally referenced the movie in a throwback post this week:

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It would be sweet to return to Alabama all these years later with these beloved characters. In the meantime, fans will likely be excited to see the other projects Reese Witherspoon has on her plate. The actress is set to reprise her role on The Morning Show and star in two romantic comedies for Netflix, Your Place Or Mine and The Cactus along with producing the movie adaptation of Where The Crawdads Sing. What do you think? Would you like to see a Sweet Home Alabama sequel? Vote in our poll below.

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Sarah El-Mahmoud
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