Bridget Jones Baby release date: Patrick Dempsey says Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth 'are an absolute joy to work with'

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After Hugh Grant skipped doing the third installment in the Bridget Jones franchise, it seems that the production was able to snag a worthy replacement for the handsome womanizer Daniel Cleaver after all, as Patrick Dempsey announced via Instagram that he has accepted a role in the movie to complete the love triangle with Bridget and Mark.

“Nice to be working in England. Renee and Colin are an absolute joy to work with! A good couple of days rehearsing at Pinewood Studios. I really like it here!” the actor captioned a photo of him in a British garden armed with an umbrella, reported The Independent.

It can be recalled Hugh Grant refused to join the project because he was not satisfied with the material for the third installment of the rom com franchise.

“I decided not to do it. But I think they’re going to go ahead and do it without Daniel. The book’s excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different well, the script as I last saw it a few years ago,” Grant was quoted by Marie Claire.

The movie is reportedly going to be based on author Helen Fielding’s columns rather than the third novel Mad About the Boy where Mark was killed off and Bridget is left to deal with his death and the task of raising their two children.

Prior to filming, it was also reported that Helen Fielding and lead star Renee Zellweger were in a feud as the author pointedly left the actress out of the acknowledgements of her last book, while giving shoutouts to Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.

“They didn’t really stay in touch after the last film, though Hugh, Colin and Helen all did and have a great working relationship. Everyone expected Helen to thank Renee but it wouldn’t have been sincere because they aren’t good friends,” a source told The Mirror.