Josh Lucas Opens up about the Possibility of a 'Sweet Home Alabama' Sequel
It’s been 16 years since “Sweet Home Alabama” was released, the possibility of a sequel to the beloved romantic comedy is very real, as it's leading actor recently revealed.
47-year-old actor Josh Lucas has very good news for the loyal fans of the 2002 romantic movie he starred in opposing Reese Witherspoon, named after the iconic Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Sweet Home Alabama.”
On April 17, Lucas stopped by the set of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and addressed the rumors of a follow up for the classic film, revealing that he has been in conversations with writer/director Andy Tennant to make it a reality.
“I’d absolutely say yes (...) [Andy Tennant] and I discussed it extensively, so we’re lobbying the world to join us.”
-Josh Lucas, Good Morning America, April 17, 2019.
Lucas’ sort of confirmation about plans for a sequel was met with cheers and applause by both the audience and the co-hosts. The actor then went on to remind everyone of how busy Witherspoon, his former co-star is these days.
Josh Lucas Reveals He Has 'Extensively' Talked with Sweet Home Alabama Director About a Sequel https://t.co/UAD1eVRgnl— People (@people) April 18, 2019
Having said that, Lucas seemed to be very aware of what has become of the film’s characters in the nearly two decades since we last knew about them.
“The proposal that Andy Tennant, the director, had, which is quite interesting, is that my character is back in Alabama and Reese’s actually, her character, is in New York with our kids and we’re divorced,” Lucas dropped.
He also shared that “Patrick Dempsey’s character’s [Lucas’ character’s rival] still in the picture,” although insisting about the entire thing being just a proposal.
In the original film, Witherspoon plays Melanie, who is in the process of getting a divorce from her estranged husband Jake, played by Lucas. Melanie is engaged to Dempsey’s character Andrew, a politician from New York City.
In the end, Jake manages to win Melanie back, but if the storyline for the sequel is made into a film, it will mean that things became complicated between the two once again, which poses the question of whether Jake if they are going to reconcile one more time.
Lucas has just finished working on a film with Tennant, titled “The Secret,” on which he co-stars with Katie Holmes. The film, based on the book by the same name, is expected to be released later in 2019, as Lucas told GMA.
The star was actually on GMA promoting his latest released movie, “Breakthrough,” which premiered on April 17. In it he plays the role of a religious father who witnesses his son’s miraculous recovery from drowning in a frozen lake.
“It’s a really remarkable story and a remarkable testament to faith and prayer and it’s a fascinating film, to say the least,” Lucas shared.
As of Witherspoon, the has previously confirmed that she will be revisiting her iconic character Elle Woods in a third installment of “Legally Blonde,” but fans are hoping that she makes some time to return in the sequel to “Sweet Home Alabama.”