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Bridget Jones 4 struck by disaster after ‘major star hospitalised’ with nasty injury-Kitty Chrisp-Entertainment – Metro

Mad About The Boy is due to be released on Valentine’s Day 2025.

Bridget Jones 4 struck by disaster after ‘major star hospitalised’ with nasty injury-Kitty Chrisp-Entertainment – Metro

Bridget Jones 4 has suffered a ‘devastating’ set back (Picture: SWNS)

Bridget Jones 4 has come up against a ‘devastating’ setback after a cast member was hospitalised, it has been reported.

Renee Zellweger first appeared on the big screen as the 30-something singleton over 20 years ago in the smash era-defining romcom Bridget Jones’ Diary, and is now back for its fourth film.

Mad About The Boy, for which the 55-year-old actress reprises the iconic role, sees newbie Leo Woodhall starring as Bridget’s new flame after love of her life Mark Darcy, played by Colin Firth, dies.

However, it’s been reported that not all is going to plan.

Filming was due to head over to Richmond’s plush south-west eatery Petersham Nurseries, but proceedings are said to have stalled after a recent off set ‘accident’ involving a cast member left them hospitalised.

While the new film was set to be released on Valentine’s Day 2025, it’s been reported things are being pushed back after a cast member broke a bone in an accident which happened away from filming.

Renee Zellweger is reprising her role as the beloved London singleton (Picture: BACKGRID)

She’s been pictured filming the fourth film, which will also see Hugh Grant return as Daniel Cleaver (Picture: BACKGRID)

An insider told The Sun: ‘It’s a total disaster.’

A source added: ‘This has all been so devastating for the entire cast and all the hardworking staff who were down to work.

‘They’d been due to shoot some of the film’s most important scenes and then they suffered this setback after a really unfortunate accident.

‘Filming for the scenes might not start again until at least July, so the schedule has taken a hit.

‘They’ve got a tight window, especially with having to work around the busy diaries of A-listers. It’s a disaster.’

Bridget Jones’ Baby – the third instalment of the beloved film series – saw the clumsy, charming TV producer and all-round icon finally tie the knot with Mr Darcy, having been in and out of a relationship with him for the ‘best part of 10 years’.

One Day actor Leo, 27, is said to be Bridget’s much younger love interest, and after his absence in the previous film – when his plane went down ‘in a bush’ – scoundrel womaniser Daniel Cleaver, played by Hugh Grant, will be returning to the franchise.

Fans were gutted that Mr Darcy will not be back, as he didn’t in the book that Mad About the Boy is based on, which was written by series author and creator Helen Fielding – leaving Bridget single once again.

Of course, the new film won’t completely brush over the absence of Mr Darcy.

Bridget Jones took the world by storm when it was first released in the noughties (Picture: Everett/REX/Shutterstock)

Sadly, Colin Firth will not be returning as Mark Darcy (Picture: Jason Bell/Universal/Studio Canal/Miramax/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

Photos taken from the set of Mad About the Boy appear to reveal that Bridget is still wearing her wedding ring, presumably after Mark’s death – it’s an image that’s sure to leave fans grieving alongside Bridget when the film comes out.

Bridget will tackle life as a widow and a 51-year-old mum-of-two, and Grant told Entertainment Tonight that he choked up reading the script.

‘It’s based on trying to bring up two children alone, and then [it’s] all mixed up in the Bridget Jones [style] comedy, so it’s very sad, as well as very funny. It has me in tears,’ Grant said.

Despite his return, Grant has said he’s not going to feature as much in Mad About the Boy as fans might want: ‘I don’t do much now, I’ve just got a few scenes.’

Fielding will be writing the script, this time with help from Borat co-writer Dan Mazer and Brick Lane writer Abi Morgan.

Dame Emma Thompson, who wrote and starred in Bridget Jones’ Baby, has confirmed she’ll be returning as Dr. Rawlings, while 12 Years a Slave and Love, Actually actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will also star. has contacted Working Title Films for comment.

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